Meet The Director
Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences
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.