RSF author and former visiting scholar Rucker C. Johnson (University of California, Berkeley) has been awarded the 2022 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. The award recognizes ideas that can improve and advance educational practice and achievement. Johnson received the award for his research on school integration in his 2019 book Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works, co-authored with Alexander Nazaryan and co-published by RSF and Basic Books. In the book, which he worked on during his time at RSF, Johnson shows that children of all races that attended integrated and well-funded schools have better life outcomes than their peers that did not.
Rucker C. Johnson is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was a visiting scholar at RSF in 2011–2012. Johnson contributed to the RSF book Do Prisons Make Us Safer: The Benefits and Costs of the Prison Boom (2009) edited by Steven Raphael and Michael A. Stoll. He is an advisory committee member and mentor for the Pipeline Grants Competition for early and mid-career researchers, which is jointly funded by RSF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In July, Johnson participated in RSF’s Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists webinar series. Along with Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, Johnson discussed Race in America: How Social Science Informs Black Lives Matter.