John D. Johnson is a Research Fellow in the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, where he specializes in applying research practices from academia and data science to pressing policy issues facing Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Areas of focus include housing, demographics, and political trends. In addition, Johnson collaborates with Professor and Director of the Marquette Law School Poll Charles Franklin on all of the Law School's polling projects.
Johnson's research has appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, The Economist, FiveThirtyEight, the Financial Times, WisPolitics, WUWM, and Wisconsin Public Radio. His writing appears in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Urban Milwaukee, and the Marquette Lawyer magazine. He posts frequently at the Law School's Faculty Blog, and he has been invited to speak to a Congressional select committee, the Urban Institute, the National League of Cities, and many other organizations.
Prior to Marquette, Johnson grew up in rural west-central Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in History from Western Illinois University followed by a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He joined the Law School as a Research Associate in April 2016.