Jarrel T. Johnson portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership&Policy


  • Johnson, J.T./J. McEderry, S. Hernandez Rivera (Eds.) & Jones, Tyanez (2022). Health Equity Now: Leveraging Critical Consciousness to Shape Health Equity for Black queer and trans* students on Predominately White Campuses. . Information Age Publishing. Accepted, 05/25/2022.
  • Wallace, J.K.,J. McEderry, S. Hernandez Rivera (Eds.) & Johnson, J.T., Ford, J.R (2022). For Us, By Us: Unpacking Research with and for Black Students in Higher Education as Early Career Black Men Faculty. Information Age Publishing. Accepted, 05/25/2022.
  • Johnson, J.T./Johnson, J.M., Mobley, S., Njoku, N., Patton, LD (Eds.) (2022). A Manifesto for Queer and Trans* Student Inclusion at HBCUs. . Rutgers University Press. Accepted, 01/19/2022.

Research Statement

My research agenda is primarily concerned with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues in higher education. I employ qualitative methodologies and critical and organizational theories to broadly: 1) explore how students, faculty, and staff social identities (e.g., race, gender, sexuality, class, religious identities) intersect and influence their time in higher education environments and 2) conduct organizational analyses of the role, and responsibility higher education institutions play in facilitating the experiences of historically underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. Together, I use these two strands to illuminate the complexities of institutional members' identities, describe their lived experiences, and hold institutions accountable for advancing policies and practices that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Research Keywords

  • | LGBTQ college student issues
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Higher Education Leadership, Innovation, and Change
  • Grounded Theory Methods
  • Critical Theory
  • College Access and Success
  • Case Study Methods
  • Black queer theory frameworks
  • Autoethnography


  • Johnson, J.T. (2022, November). Illuminating the Role of HBCU Stakeholders Play in Mobilizing Queer and Trans* Student Inclusion Efforts [Paper presentation]. Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference 2022, Las Vegas, Nevada. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/19/2022.
  • Johnson, J.T. (2022, November 12). Lead & Liberate: Implementing Transformative Change Through Policy, Programs, and Services. [Presentation]. Human Rights Campaign Foundation: National HBCU Leadership Summit Leading In Truth, Washington, D.C. Presentation, Presented, 11/12/2022.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Quaring HBCUs: A Case Study Investigating and Theorizing Queer and Trans* Student Inclusion at Two Historically Black Colleges and Universities . PI: Jarrel Johnson. National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation , 08/03/2020 - 05/19/2021. Total project budget to date: $27,500.00