Rucker C. Johnson

  • University of California, Berkeley

Rucker Johnson is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As a labor economist who specializes in the economics of education, Johnson’s work considers the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances. His work includes studies of the long-term effects of Head Start and school spending on student success, the societal consequences of incarceration, early-life origins of adult health disparities, and the intergenerational determinants of socioeconomic mobility. Johnson is the author of Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works. He was one of 35 scholars to receive the prestigious 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. His research has appeared in leading academic journals, featured in mainstream media outlets, and he has been invited to give policy briefings at the White House and on Capitol Hill. Johnson is committed to advance his scholarly agenda of fusing insights from multiple disciplinary perspectives to improve our understanding of the causes, consequences, and remedies of inequality in this country. Johnson graduated from Morehouse College, earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar. At UC-Berkeley (2004-present), he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in applied econometrics and topical courses in race, poverty & inequality.