Lauri Johnson joined the Lynch School faculty in the fall of 2009 as an Associate Professor and Director of the PSAP Ed.D. program for practicing school administrators. She also served as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education from 2017 – 2021.
Before entering higher education, she was a K -12 practitioner for over 20 years, working as a reading specialist in Oregon and a special education teacher, professional developer, and district administrator focused on diversity issues in the NYC schools. As a multiculturalist she studies the lives and identities of diverse educators who advocate for more equitable learning experiences for all students and movements of parent and community activism in urban schools.
Her research is comparative, international, and often historical, and she has published widely (over 72 academic publications) on culturally responsive/sustaining leadership, policies and practices in the US, UK, and Canada, as well as case studies of successful school leadership in high poverty schools through the 20 country ISSPP (International Successful School Principalship Project). A former Fulbright Scholar to the UK, Johnson is currently the co-convener of a WERA (World Educational Research Association) International Research Network on educational advocacy.
Learn more about her international research by listening to this podcast featuring her award-winning article on the lives and identities of three generations of UK Black and South Asian headteachers (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1741143217717279#supplementary-materials) and by watching this Teachers College Record video (https://vimeo.com/792012049) on the history of Black-focused schools in Toronto and London, 1968-2008.