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Jennifer M. Johnson is an Associate Professor of higher education in the Department of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies at Temple University. She is an active scholar-practitioner in the fields of college access and student retention. A former Philadelphia middle school teacher with a background in science and mathematics, she spent several years working as a counselor and advisor for college access and success programs.
Her research interests include pre-college access programs, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, and high-achieving students of color. This scholarship explores the ways race, gender, and class intersects to shape the educational experiences of students across diverse institutional contexts. This work is conducted through the "College Success Research Collaborative," established in 2021.
She has presented at several national conferences including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the American College Student Personnel American (ACPA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Dr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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