McKenzie Johnson, PhD

McKenzie Johnson is Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Johnson’s research and teaching focuses on environmental politics,  human security, and environmental justice. She is particularly interested in understanding how global environmental governance initiatives shape local opportunities to achieve social and environmental security. Dr. Johnson has conducted interdisciplinary research projects in the United States, South Asia, West Africa, and South America, with her most recent work focused on extractive governance in the United States and environmental peacebuilding in Colombia. Her work has been published in World DevelopmentGlobal Environmental Politics, International Affairs, Global Environmental Change, Energy Research & Social Science, European Journal of International Relations, Conservation and Society, and Biological Conservation, as well as other journals.

Dr. Johnson received her PhD in Environmental Policy from the University Program in Environmental Policy at Duke University. She also holds an MA in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and an AB in Environmental Studies from Vassar College. Prior to joining the faculty at UIUC, Dr. Johnson worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society – Afghanistan from 2007-2010.

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