OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

Royel M. Johnson

Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of Student Engagement at USC Race and Equity Center, University of Southern California

Dr. Royel M. Johnson is a nationally recognized scholar whose interdisciplinary research addresses issues of educational access, racial equity, and student success. His work has an unapologetic focus on racially/ethnically minoritized and other institutionally marginalized populations, including young people with foster care experience and justice-involved youth.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University
  • Ed.M., Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign