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2013 Ph.D., Environmental Sciences & Engineering (Minor Public Policy), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010 M.S., Environmental Sciences & Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2003 B.A., Earth & Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University
Dr. Jill Johnston is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in the Division of Environmental Health, Department of Preventive Medicine of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. She also serves as Director of Community Engagement in the Division of Environmental Health at University of Southern California.
Broadly, her research focuses on addressing unequal exposures to harmful contaminants that affect the health of working poor and communities of color. Dr. Johnston previously worked as a community organizer on issues of environmental and economic justice in South Texas.
Dr. Johnston received her Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied hazardous waste sites and industrial animal production. Currently, she engages in collaborations with grassroots organizations to conduct community-engaged action-oriented research at USC to support environmental justice.