Kenneth M. Johnson

Senior Demographer


Kenneth M. Johnson is senior demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He is a nationally recognized expert on U.S. demographic trends. His research examines national and regional population redistribution, rural and urban demographic change, the growing racial diversity of the U.S. population, the relationship between demographic and environmental change and the implications of demographic change for public policy.

In 2016, Dr. Johnson was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and received the country’s most generous and prestigious fellowship to advance research in the social sciences and humanities. As a Carnegie Fellow, Johnson is analyzing the impact that the Great Recession is having on the demographic structure of rural America and its implications for policy. Dr. Johnson was also recently honored by the Rural Sociological Society with its excellence in research award and recognized by the University of New Hampshire Faculty Excellence in Research Award based on the quality, originality, and significance of his scholarly work. View interview at: "Excellence in Research Award."

Dr. Johnson has published a book and more than 200 articles, reports, and papers. His peer-reviewed publications have appeared in leading academic journals including Demography, Population and Development Review, Demographic Research, Social Forces, Population Research and Policy Review, Ecological Applications, The Wilson Quarterly, and Rural Sociology. He is also sought after for his expertise and ability to explain demographic information to a broad audience both by policy groups and by reporters for national media including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and CNN. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, and U.S. Forest Service. He received his doctorate degree in sociology and demography from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Johnson is working with a multidisciplinary team of Carsey and U.S. Forest Service researchers to analyze how demographic trends in rural America are contributing to the transformation of forested regions of America and its implications for carbon sequestration, forest harvesting, and ecosystem services. View some of this research at  U.S. Forest Service Demographic Trends in U.S.  Reseach.


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