Session 1 – Spring 2018

Building Power Through Data - Read Between The Lines


Understand and Interpret Data

Analyze critically and refute deceptive claims.

Use data to make smart decisions in the social space.

Building Power Through Data - Read Between The Lines: Rucker Johnson, UC Berkeley Professor, and renowned economist explain how to read and interpret data and report of social and political significance. This session will equip you with concrete skills to avoid being deceived by misleading facts. 

The Speaker: Rucker Johnson

Rucker Johnson

Rucker Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  As a labor economist who specializes in the economics of education, Johnson’s work considers the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances.

Johnson was one of 35 scholars to receive the prestigious 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. His research has appeared in leading academic journals, featured in mainstream media outlets, and he has been invited to give policy briefings at the White House and on Capitol Hill. His forthcoming book, Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works, will be published by Basic Books & the Russell Sage Foundation Press early next year.

Johnson is committed to advance his scholarly agenda of fusing insights from multiple disciplinary perspectives to improve our understanding of the causes, consequences, and remedies of inequality in this country. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan. At UC-Berkeley (2004-present), he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in applied econometrics and topical courses in race, poverty & inequality.