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​Matthew Joh​nson, Ph.D.


Ph.D., College Student Personnel, University of Maryland
M.S. in College Student Personnel, Miami University
B.B.A. in Marketing, Saginaw Valley State University

​​Courses Taught

  • EDL 216 - Race in Higher Education
  • EDL 757 - Student Development Theory​​
  • EDL 763 - The Academic Profession
  • EDL 900 - Advance Qualitative Research Design

Research Interests

My research centers on the intersections of leadership, democratic engagement, and social justice. I am interested in how college students develop necessary capacities for democratic engagement (e.g., social perspective-taking, sociocultural issues discussions) with a particular emphasis on the role of collegiate experiences in building those capacities. I utilize both qualitative and advanced quantitative methods.


Johnson, M. R., & Peacock, J. (2020). Breaking the bubble: Recent graduates’ experiences of ideological diversity. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 13(1), 56-65.

Johnson, M. R., & Soria, K. (Eds.) (2020). Evidence-based practices to strengthen leadership development. New Directions for Student Leadership, no. 168. 

Johnson, M. R., Eickholt, J., & Hinton, Q. (2020). Exploring differences in students’ perceptions of traditional and economy active learning classrooms in an undergraduate computer science course. Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, 31(3), 93-110. 

Johnson, M. R., & Ferguson Jr., M. (2018). The role of political engagement in college students’ civic identity: Longitudinal results from recent graduates. Journal of College Student Development, 59, 511-527.

Soria, K. M., & Johnson, M. R. (2017). The role of high-impact educational practices in the development of college students’ pluralistic outcomes, College Student Affairs Journal, 35(2), 100-116.

Johnson, M. R., Dugan, J. R., & Soria, K. M. (2017). Try to see it my way: What influences social perspective-taking among college students? Journal of College Student Development, 58, 1035-1054.

​​Membership/s in professional organizations

College Student Educators, International (ACPA) 
Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP)
National Issues Forum (NIF)

Additional Documents

​​   Matthew Johnson Vitae​​​

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