BiographyDr. Natasha Johnson has been a career educator since 2001. Her journey began in New York City as a middle school science teacher, followed by a number of years as a MS & high school math teacher. Thereafter, she earned her M.S.Ed. in School & Guidance Counseling from Brooklyn College and she subsequently became a HS guidance counselor. Shortly thereafter, she spent several years as a counselor and instructor at the community college level. She earned her Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership from the University of Tennessee in 2015 and in 2019, her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy in the Department of Educational Policy Studies (College of Education and Human Development) at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Currently, she is a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia State University. Dr. Johnson’s research interests include critical theory, educational justice/equity/equality, curriculum development, and social justice leadership. Her most recent work appears in Navigating Micro-Aggressions Toward Women in Higher Education. In 2019, she was recognized as a University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) David L. Clark Scholar.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Johnson’s research interests include educational justice/equity/equality, social justice leadership, curriculum development, and critical theory.
Intersectionality and leadership in context: Examining the intricate paths of four black women in educational leadership in the United States
Published: Feb 09, 2021 by Taylor & Francis
Authors: Natasha N Johnson & Janice B Fournillier
Subjects: Education, Developmental Psychology, Gender & Sexuality, Cognitive Psychology, Area Studies, Research Methods, Gender & Intersectionality Studies
In the US, women comprise 3/4 of the educational workforce. Yet, c. 4 in 5 senior-level leaders in education are male. Although developments continue to be made, only recently has significant advancement been made in what remains a historically male-dominated space. Black women represent the most educated group in today’s workforce; yet, they represent a small portion of leaders who ascend above the ranks of mid-level management. We respond by adding to the existing research in this sphere.
Published: May 17, 2019 by Scholarworks, Georgia State University
Authors: Natasha N Johnson
Subjects: Education, Sociology & Social Policy, Law
This study employed the tenets of hermeneutic phenomenology to investigate the cultures in which women lead, and the intersecting factors that impact their ability to perform in the educational sector. Using semi-structured interviews, participants were invited to share their experiences as women who lead in education. Results indicate that inequities remain within the leadership sphere. The data collected revealed the necessity for equitable and inclusive educational leadership cultures.
By: Natasha N Johnson
Subjects: Education, Law, Sociology & Social Policy, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Published: Mar 26, 2018
Natasha Johnson, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University, came in second place and won People's Choice under the doctoral category. Congratulations Natasha!