Emily Johnson

  1. Chief Operating Officer & Associate Director, Institute of Public Policy
  2. 573-884-5473
  3. 573-884-3839
  4. Office
  5. 137C Middlebush Hall
  6. Columbia, MO 65211

Research Interest

  • Criminal & Juvenile Justice
  • Racial Equity
  • Outcome-based Performance Management
  • Women's Health & Wellness

Emily Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer and Associate Director of the Institute of Public Policy, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.  She received her Master’s Degree in Politics and Government with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from Illinois State University.  Since joining the Institute of Public Policy, she has worked on various evaluation, management, and training projects.

Ms. Johnson has extensive experience working with state, local, and nonprofit agencies to conduct process, impact, and capacity evaluations, design and conduct surveys and needs assessments, convene focus groups and community input forums, provide technical assistance, facilitate strategic planning sessions, and provide training.


  • Master of Arts, Politics and Government, Illinois State University

Selected Publications

Status of Women in Missouri 2017

Soo-Yeon Cho, Ph.D., Sam Bezjak, Anna Holyan, Muhammad Muinul Islam, Emily Johnson

Status of Women 2017

The Ferguson Papers: The Institute of Public Policy and The Ferguson Commission

Emily Johnson

The Ferguson Commission was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in November of 2014 to conduct a "thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study of the social and economic conditions that impede progress, equality and safety in the St. Louis region." In April 2015, the Institute of Public Policy, Truman School of Public Affairs was contracted by…

Missouri Department of Corrections Community Reentry Funding Round 5

Christian Arment, Emily Johnson, Sean Nicholson-Crotty

2012-2013 Final Report

21st Century Community Learning Center Grant 2011-2012 Final Report

Emily Johnson, Jill Nicholson-Crotty, Megan Schoor

Explore the Effect and Impact of the Columbia Public Schools’ After School Programing

Complete publications list