Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

Assistant Professor, Quantitative Social Science

Dartmouth College

Biography

Welcome to my site! I’m an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College in Quantitative Social Science, affiliated with the Department of Sociology and Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality (RMS). I’m also a 2020-2021 Access to Justice Faculty Scholar with the American Bar Foundation, an academic affiliate with the federal Office of Evaluation Sciences, and a visiting Data Science Fellow with The Lab at DC.

My research studies how social service bureaucracies use a mix of data and discretion to decide who deserves help and focuses particularly on prioritization in K-12 schools. Substantively, I study how underfunded K-12 districts navigate three forces: legal mandates about categories of students to prioritize, fiscal realities, and family advocacy. Methodologically, I use a variety of methods, including tools from causal inference, computational text analysis, machine learning, interviews, and field experiments with large-scale administrative data. Other research focuses on prioritization in other areas of social policy, including rental housing, COVID-19 relief, and civil rights enforcement.

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Interests

  • Computational Social Science/Data Science
  • Social Policy
  • Ethics
  • Education/Health

Education

  • PhD in Demography, Sociology, and Social Policy, 2020

    Princeton University

  • Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Bioethics, 2012-2014

    National Institutes of Health

  • BA, MA, 2012

    Stanford University