Meet The Director

Jill Johnston, PhD

Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences

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Jill Johnston, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Director of Community Engagement in the Division of Environmental Health at University of Southern California. Her research focuses on addressing unequal exposures to harmful contaminants that affect the health of working poor and communities of color. 

Dr. Johnston engages in collaborations with grassroots organizations to conduct community-engaged action-oriented research at USC to support environmental justice. She works towards strong partnership with local organizations, community health workers (promotores), policymakers and residents to address air pollution, upstream oil and gas extraction and incompatible land use. Previously she worked as a community organizer on issues of environmental and economic justice in South Texas. 

Dr. Johnston received her PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied hazardous waste sites and industrial animal production. 


Meet The Team

Nemmi Cole
Nemmi Cole

Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate

nemmicol@usc.edu

Dayane Duenas Barahona
Dayane Duenas Barahona

Research Coordinator I

duenasga@usc.edu

Wendy Gutschow
Wendy Gutschow

Program Administrator

wgutscho@usc.edu

Elizabeth Kamai
Elizabeth Kamai

Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate

kamai@usc.edu

Arbor Quist
Arbor Quist

Postdoctoral Fellow

arborqui@usc.edu

Venezia Ramirez
Venezia Ramirez

Research Coordinator I

veneziar@usc.edu

Brandyn Ruiz
Brandyn Ruiz

Student Worker, Research

bcruiz@usc.edu

Yoshira Van Horne
Yoshira Van Horne, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate

yvanhorn@usc.edu

Meet Our Students

Shreya Kashyap
Shreya Kashyap

Student Worker

kashyaps@usc.edu

Oscar Reyes Zapien
Oscar Reyes Zapien

BME Student.Worker

oscarrey@usc.edu

Jessica Santos
Jessica Santos

Student Worker

jessicgs@usc.edu