I am a cultural, computational, and medical sociologist. In my book project, I explore cultural change around mental health and illness by applying computational text analysis to the news media and social media. I highlight how mental health has been normalized while mental illness remains “otherized” in the cultural imagination.
I’m also passionate about equitable and inclusive teaching, particularly of quantitative methods and statistical software.
I have a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and BA in Sociology and Spanish from Wellesley College.
Contact me at aljohnson [at] lehigh [dot] edu
My academic interests fall into three main areas:
Research on mental health
How are mental health and illness conceptualized in our cultural imagination?
*please contact me for access to paywalled papers
Changes in Mental Health and Treatment, 1997-2017
Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 62(1):53-68.
The Agency Myth: Persistence in Individual Explanations for Gender Inequality
with Emily Carian. Social Problems. 69(1):123-142.
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