Dr. Jill Johnston is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California in the Division of Environmental Health, Department of Population and Public Health Sciences of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. She also serves as Director of Community Engagement in the Division of Environmental Health at University of Southern California.

Broadly, her research focuses on addressing unequal exposures to harmful contaminants that affect the health of working poor and communities of color. Dr. Johnston previously worked as a community organizer on issues of environmental and economic justice in South Texas. Currently, she engages in collaborations with grassroots organizations to conduct community-engaged action-oriented research at USC to support environmental justice.

Dr. Johnston received her Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied hazardous waste sites and industrial animal production.


Ph.D., Environmental Sciences & Engineering (Minor in Public Policy), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S., Environmental Sciences & Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Earth & Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University