Kaneesha R. Johnson is a third-year PhD candidate in the department of government at Harvard University. Kaneesha's research focuses on inequality, the criminal justice system, and identity politics, specifically focusing on the intersection of race and class. She is the co-author of Deadly Justice: A Statistical Portrait of the Death Penalty, and has co-authored articles appearing in Oxford Bibliographies and the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, and has contributed to multiple article appearing in the Washington Post.
Kaneesha is a doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, a 2017-2018 American Political Science Association Minority Program (MFP) Fellow, and a 2015 Ralphe Bunch Summer Institute Fellow. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 with a B.A. in political science and philosophy.
In addition to her doctoral studies, Kaneesha has served as a teaching fellow in the 2017 Freedom Summer Collegiate program.