Jamal Johnson '16 MPA '20, of Tomball, Texas, a Politics major focusing on American Politics and Political Economy, graduated in 2016 with certificates in Urban Studies and Statistics and Machine Learning. Passionate about combatting urban poverty, Johnson has focused his academic work on urban political economy. He is particularly fascinated by questions related to the role of place in the construction of identity, and this fascination drives his further interests in urban education and housing policy.
Aa an undergraduate, Johnson was an editor of Revisions: A Journal of Christian Perspective, a coordinator for Manna Christian Fellowship's open discussion group and public lecture series, and a member of the Princeton Debate Panel. He worked as a research assistant in the Department of Politics, developing his skills as a data analyst and researcher, and, in July 2014, participated in an international seminar on history, memory and the urban future in Shanghai, China. In summer 2013, he attended the intensive language program Princeton in Beijing.
Johnson interned with the New Jersey Department of Education in spring 2014 and with the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity in summer 2014. As the Class of 2016 Gilbert S. Omenn ’61 and Martha A. Darling *70 scholar, Johnson spent his SINSI internship at the White House National Economic Council.
Johnson served the first year of his SINSI fellowship in Washington, D.C. as a member of the FinTech team at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He is currently on a leave of absence pursuing a PhD in History at Stanford University.