Brianna Davis Johnson

Brianna Davis Johnson

Educational Leadership & Policy

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2020
M.S. in Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University, 2013
B.A. in Educational Studies & Urban Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011

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Brianna Davis Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research seeks to understand the ways in which colleges and universities—through organizational structures, policies, and norms that are often racialized—facilitate or impede the work of diversity administrators as they seek to create inclusive campus environments. Her dissertation examines the experiences of diversity administrators at a historically white university as they implement the university’s strategic diversity and inclusion goals and the racialized organizational barriers they encounter in realizing these efforts.

Brianna brings to her research extensive experience in the field as a practitioner. She serves as a graduate research assistant in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement's Center for Community Engagement where she convenes faculty to provide them resources about community-based learning and research, supports the Center's strategic planning efforts, and trains undergraduate students on qualitative research methods. Prior to her doctoral studies, she led departmental diversity and inclusion education initiatives and trained both students and professional staff on how to incorporate equitable practices into their everyday work. She also designed an intergroup dialogue series and trained staff members on its implementation. At the campus level, Brianna served on the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks and collaborated on an annual report assessing campus bias incidents. She also speaks on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education; leadership; and university-community partnerships. Brianna holds a Master of Science in Higher Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.