Brian Johnson (he/him) is assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for James Madison College at Michigan State University. In this capacity, he leads all DEI initiatives for the College. Most recently, he served as associate institute director for Michigan State University Extension’s Children and Youth Institute, and as an assistant professor in Human Development and Family Studies. During his time with Michigan State University Extension’s Children and Youth Institute, he was responsible for leading and advancing DEI initiatives internally and across Michigan’s 83 counties.

Johnson’s scholarly interests focus on examining the constitutionality of laws and policies within K-12 settings, higher education, and populations across the lifespan. He also has a particular interest in exploring and increasing sense of belonging among students at the college level and evaluating DEI best practices within higher education.

Johnson has extensive experience directing pipeline, recruitment and retention programs, and has taught at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Also a certified elementary teacher, his pipeline programs focus on preparing students for college during the K-12 years, and ensuring they receive resources for success throughout their college experience. Johnson’s advising, recruitment and retention initiatives, and pre-college and college programs have been recognized at the university and state levels. Further, he has co-authored award-winning DEI scholarship.