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Amy L. Johnson

Amy L. Johnson
B.A., Wellesley College, 2017
M.A., Stanford University, 2019


My research focuses on 21st century social and cultural change, with a particular focus on cultural understandings of mental health and social media’s effect on mental wellbeing. Methodologically, I use quantitative survey analysis, age-period-cohort methodologies, interviews, and experiments.

I'm also passionate about making statistics and statistical software approachable to students of all backgrounds. I exercise this passion through my teaching assistantship work at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and through research on effectively integrating statistical software into course curricula.

Resources on teaching Stata developed by me and Rebecca Gleit are available here.

I have a BA from Wellesley College, where I majored in Sociology and Spanish and wrote my thesis on anxiety in the coming of age process. In addition to my work in the Sociology Department, I work as a graduate research assistant at the Stanford VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation Lab and for the American Voices Project, as a software consultant for Social Science Data and Software (SSDS), and as a Center for Teaching and Learning consultant.

Recent Publications

Johnson, Amy L. 2021. “Changes in Mental Health and Treatment, 1997-2017.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Johnson, Amy L. and Rebecca Gleit. 2021. “Teaching for the Future: Intentionally Building Competency with Statistical Software.” Teaching Sociology. 

Carian, Emily K. and Amy L. Johnson. 2020. “The Agency Myth: Persistence in Individual Explanations for Gender Inequality.” Social Problems.