Kaneesha R. Johnson is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the department of government at Harvard University. Kaneesha's research focuses on inequality, race, and punishment systems. 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 is a teaching fellow in the Freedom Summer Collegiate program and teaches in a youth prison in the Boston area.


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