I'm currently at Princeton pursuing a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, with a Demography specialization through the Office of Population Research. My broad interests are in intersections of health, law, and moral dimensions of public policy.
Specific research includes how third-party actors shape organizations' rationing of resources--using the case of parents intervening in school districts to secure resources for their child with a disability--and demographic variation in perceptions of consent. I investigate these using a mix of methods that include text mining of legal cases and experiments. My research has been supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a summer fellowship from the Social Security Administration/Mathematica's Disability Research Consortium.
Here's a link to a visualization of some of my results thus far of geo-coding parent complaints from a NJ open records complaints, used for a project where I investigate how these complaints moderate district responses to the state's switch to block grant financing of disability services: https://rjohnson.shinyapps.io/nj_dp_visualize/
Before coming to Princeton, I received a B.A. from Stanford with honors in Psychology, minors in Economics and Religious Studies, and an M.A. focused on political theory. After graduation, I was a summer research associate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare, then spent two years as a pre-doctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health's Department of Bioethics, where I studied topics such as whether frequent participation in research for payment ought to count as a form of work, how patient advocacy groups use psychiatric categories as currency for resource access, and potential social implications of new biomarker-based methods for diagnosing Alzheimer's.
Google scholar: google scholar page
Github: github page