Olivia A Johnson
Olivia is a doctoral student in the Education Policy and Planning program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. She earned a B.A. in English from Denison University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and an M.Ed. from UT Austin in Education Policy and Planning. Prior to her tenure at UT Austin, Olivia spent several years teaching at the college-level in Florida and came to Austin by way of Phoenix, AZ, where she taught 8th grade Reading and Writing at Morris K. Udall Escuela de Bellas Artes.
During her M.Ed. at UT Austin, Olivia held an internship at the Texas House of Representatives, learning as much as possible about the various intersections between policy and politics. In 2016, she assisted Dr. Angela Valenzuela in conducting research that was presented as testimony for the plaintiffs in the Arce v. Douglas ethnic studies case out of Arizona. For her doctoral work, she has been awarded a Graduate School Recruitment Fellowship and a Texas New Scholars
Olivia's doctoral research focuses on using theories of care as a framework for examining policy implementation in schools of varying socioeconomic opportunity.