Rucker Johnson
Associate Professor at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy

areas of expertise
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Social welfare
  • Labor and employment
  • Urban economics
  • PhD, Economics, University of Michigan
  • MA, Economics, University of Michigan
  • BA, Economics, Morehouse College

Rucker C. Johnson is an associate professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Johnson is a research affiliate of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute and the National Poverty Center. As a labor and health economist, his work considers the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances. He has focused on such topics as the long-run impacts of school quality on educational attainment and socioeconomic success, including the effects of desegregation, school finance reform, and Head Start.  He has investigated the determinants of intergenerational mobility; the societal consequences of incarceration; effects of maternal employment patterns on child well-being; and the socioeconomic determinants of health disparities over the life course, including the roles of childhood neighborhood conditions and residential segregation.

contact details

(510) 643-0169