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McKenzie Johnson

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Political Science 

McKenzie Johnson joins Purdue University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research explores the interactions between global governance norms, domestic resource politics, and human security in transitional, fragile, and conflict-affected states. Her areas of expertise include: (global) environmental politics, environmental and human security, and the politics of natural resource management. Dr. Johnson's current book manuscript examines how the diffusion of global governance institutions has shaped domestic resource politics in Ghana and Sierra Leone, focusing specifically on conflict over minerals and forest access and use. Dr. Johnson is currently teaching introductory courses in International Relations and Environmental Policy.

Dr. Johnson received her PhD in Environmental Policy from Duke University, her MA in Conservation Biology from Columbia University, and her AB in Environmental Studies from Vassar College. She has worked and conducted research in numerous countries including Afghanistan, South Sudan, India, and most recently Ghana and Sierra Leone.