Amanda Walker Johnson

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology

Amanda Walker Johnson is a cultural anthropologist interested in the intersection of critical race theory, anthropology of science, and critical educational theory, and is committed to conducting research and pedagogy as work for social justice. Walker Johnson’s research examines the ways in which systems of standardized testing and the production of “scientific” knowledge about race, segregation, failure, and risk, particularly as products of standardized testing, impact education in the U.S., particularly for African Americans and Latino/as. She also teaches courses related to education and race; critical race theory and political economy of race in the U.S.; feminist theories of race, body, and nation; and cultural and identity politics in the African diaspora.

Recent Publications: 

  • Amanda Walker Johnson. 2009. Objectifying Measures: The Dominance of High-Stakes Testing and the Politics of Schooling.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press.        

Keywords: educational tests, educational measurements, examinations, validity