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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan

  • About

    Maria S. Johnson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan. Dr. Johnson researches the role of race and gender within family relationships and federal family policy. She examines Black women's identity construction, daughter-father relationships, Black fatherhood, and structural and cultural influences. She is currently writing a book manuscript titled, Through Daughters’ Eyes: Black Daughter-Father Relationships and Conceptualizations of Fatherhood and Womanhood. Her research has been supported by university and national grants, including the National Poverty Center. In addition to her research, she has taught and advised students within the Departments of Sociology and AfroAmerican and African Studies and the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan and a BA in History from Hampton University.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2010
    • M.A. University of Michigan, 2006
    • B.A. Hampton University, 2003
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Family, Race & Ethnicity, Gender, Public Policy, Qualitative Methods
  • Dissertation Title
    • Through a Daughter’s Eyes: Understanding the influence of Black fathers on daughters’ conceptualizations of fatherhood and womanhood
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Sheldon Danziger and Alford Young, Jr. (co-chairs)
    • Phillip Bowman and Karin Martin (members)