Maria S. Johnson, Ph.D. is an author, scholar, and funder who focuses on inequalities in race, gender, and family. Her research uses qualitative methods and critical race and gender theories to examine the intersection of race, gender, and class discourse within Black daughter-father relationships, fatherhood studies, and family policies. She is currently completing a book under contract with NYU Press titled Black Daughters, Black Fathers: Understanding Complex Family Relationships.
Dr. Johnson is the founder and chairperson of the Black Women and Girls Fund (BWGF) that awards grants nationally to projects that support the well-being of or fight systemic barriers faced by Black women and girls. Prior to BWGF, Dr. Johnson worked as an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice where she taught courses related to racial inequality, gender, and the politics of poverty.
Additionally, Dr. Johnson has published works on intersectionality and family relationships in various outlets, including Gender & Society and the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. Her research has been supported by university and national grants. Dr. Johnson has also worked on issues of diversity, policy, and scholarship in positions at the University of Michigan’s Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies and The Scholars Network on Masculinity and the Well-being of African American Men.
Dr. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in public policy and sociology from the University of Michigan and a BA in history from Hampton University.