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.
Dr. Johnson has published a book and more than 250 articles, reports and papers. His peer-reviewed publications have appeared in leading academic journals. 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. He has received over 5,000 media mentions since 2010. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He received his doctorate in sociology and demography from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Johnson was recently named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow which is the country’s most 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 University of New Hampshire, which named him the Class of 1940 Professor for his excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching and he also received UNH's Faculty Excellence in Research Award based on the quality, originality and significance of his scholarly work. The Rural Sociological Society also honored him with its Excellence in Research award.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Sociology, University of Michigan
Rural and urban sociology
SOC 725: Social Demography
SOC 901: Sociological Methods I
Johnson, K. M., & Lichter, D. T. (2019). Rural Depopulation: Growth and Decline Processes over the Past Century. Rural Sociology, 84(1), 3-27. doi:10.1111/ruso.12266
Ducey, M. J., Johnson, K. M., Belair, E. P., & Cook, B. D. (2018). The Influence of Human Demography on Land Cover Change in the Great Lakes States, USA. Environmental Management, 62(6), 1089-1107. doi:10.1007/s00267-018-1102-x
Johnson, K. M., Curtis, K. J., & Egan-Robertson, D. (2017). Frozen in Place: Net Migration in sub-National Areas of the United States in the Era of the Great Recession. Population and Development Review, 43(4), 599-623. doi:10.1111/padr.12095
Scala, D. J., & Johnson, K. M. (2017). Political Polarization along the Rural-Urban Continuum? The Geography of the Presidential Vote, 2000–2016. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 672(1), 162-184. doi:10.1177/0002716217712696
Johnson, K. M., & Lichter, D. T. (2016). Diverging Demography: Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Contributions to U.S. Population Redistribution and Diversity. Population Research and Policy Review, 35(6), 705-725. doi:10.1007/s11113-016-9403-3
Winkler, R. L., & Johnson, K. M. (2016). Moving Toward Integration? Effects of Migration on Ethnoracial Segregation Across the Rural-Urban Continuum. Demography, 53(4), 1027-1049. doi:10.1007/s13524-016-0479-5
Johnson, K. M., Field, L. M., & Poston, D. L. (2015). More Deaths Than Births: Subnational Natural Decrease in Europe and the United States. Population and Development Review, 41(4), 651-680. doi:10.1111/j.1728-4457.2015.00089.x
Scala, D. J., Johnson, K. M., & Rogers, L. T. (2015). Red rural, blue rural? Presidential voting patterns in a changing rural America. Political Geography, 48, 108-118. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.02.003
Lichter, D. T., Sanders, S. R., & Johnson, K. M. (2015). Hispanics at the Starting Line: Poverty among Newborn Infants in Established Gateways and New Destinations. Social Forces, 94(1), 209-235. doi:10.1093/sf/sov043
Johnson, K. M., & Winkler, R. L. (2015). Migration signatures across the decades: Net migration by age in U.S. counties, 1950-2010.. Demographic research, 32, 1065-1080. doi:10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.38
Johnson, K. M. (2013). Demographic Trends in Nonmetropolitan America: Implications for Land Use Development and Conservation. Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, 15(1), 31. doi:10.2307/vermjenvilaw.15.1.31
Lichter, D. T., Johnson, K. M., Turner, R. N., & Churilla, A. (2012). Hispanic Assimilation and Fertility in New U.S. Destinations. International Migration Review, 46(4), 767-791. doi:10.1111/imre.12000
Johnson, K. M., & Lichter, D. T. (2012). Rural Natural Increase in the New Century: America’s Third Demographic Transition. In International Handbook of Rural Demography (pp. 17-34). Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-1842-5_3