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Rebecca Johnson

ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholar 2020-21

Rebecca Johnson is an incoming Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College in Quantitative Social Science, following a Ph.D. in Demography, Sociology, and Social Policy from Princeton University. Her research studies how social service bureaucracies use a mix of data and discretion to decide who deserves help and focuses particularly on prioritization in K-12 schools. Substantively, she studies how underfunded K-12 districts navigate three forces: legal mandates about categories of students to prioritize, fiscal realities, and family advocacy. Methodologically, she uses a variety of methods, including tools from causal inference, computational text analysis, machine learning, interviews, and field experiments with large-scale administrative data. Other research focuses on prioritization in other areas of social policy, including rental housing, COVID-19 relief, and civil rights enforcement.

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