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Brian Johnson

Brian  Johnson
  • Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Brian G. Johnson is the assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in James Madison College. He holds a B.S. and M.T. from Hampton University in early childhood/psychology, a J.D. from Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School with a concentration in constitutional law and civil rights and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in human development and family studies.

His scholarly interests focus on examining the constitutionality of laws and policies that affect youth and college-age underrepresented populations. He also has a particular interest in exploring and increasing sense of belonging among underrepresented groups at the college level. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he has over ten years of experience directing pipeline, recruitment and retention programs. Also, a certified elementary teacher, his pipeline programs focus on preparing students for college during the K-12 years, and ensuring they receive resources for success throughout their college experience. His advising, recruitment and retention initiatives have been recognized at the university and state levels.