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About Amanda Walker Johnson

I am a cultural anthropologist interested in the intersection of critical race theory, anthropology of science, and critical educational theory, and I am committed to conducting research and pedagogy as work for social justice. My research examines the ways in which systems of standardized testing and the production of "scientific" knowledge about race, segregation, failure, and risk, particularly as products of standardized testing, impact education in the US, particularly for African Americans and Latino/as. Additionally, I teach courses related to education and race; critical race theory and political economy of race in the US; feminist theories of race, body, and nation; and cultural and identity politics in the African Diaspora.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-577-0933


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