Olivia Johnson is part of the Research Team at CASEL. In this capacity, she supports their role as the convener of the Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) learning lead hub, as well as their work with the Next System Learning Collaborative (NSLC). Olivia works closely with external partners to design, conduct, coordinate, and facilitate action research on essential actions across participating district and school networks.
Prior to joining CASEL, Olivia completed her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. A former middle school teacher, community college, and university instructor, Olivia’s work is informed by her thirteen years as a public educator. Her research primarily focuses on how theories of authentic, critical care can impact the creation, interpretation, and implementation of educational policy, and how education stakeholders—from board members to students—rely on their ethic of care when making meaning out of policy. She is particularly interested in how care can be leveraged for equity and social justice within historically marginalized communities, and how care can transform qualitative research methodologies.
Olivia lives in Austin with her fiancé John and their dog, Hugo.