Dr. Royel M. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Higher Education within the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, where he also holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of African American Studies and is Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Johnson holds a B.A. in Political Science and Ed.M. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, with a cognate in Race and Social Policy from Ohio State. Dr. Johnson is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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All with attention to its intersections with race, gender, and other axes of social inequality.

To date, he has published over 30 scholarly  publications that appear in a wide-range of outlets including high-impact, peer-reviewed journals such as Urban Education, Teachers College Record, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Negro Education, and the Professional School Counseling Journal, to name a few. And he is co-editor of three forthcoming books, Racial Equity on College Campuses: Connecting Research to Practice (SUNY Press), Enacting Student Success: Critical and Alternative Perspectives for Practice (Jossey-Bass) and Creating New Possibilities for HBCUs with Research (Information Age Publishing). His research and evaluation work has been supported through grants and subcontracts from the Spencer Foundation, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Science, to name a few.

For his early career accomplishments, Johnson has received a number of national recognitions, including the 2020 Emerging Scholar Award from ACPA--College Educators International, and the 2020 Young Alumni Award from University of Illinois College Education.