Rachel Johnston

Associate Research Scholar in Law and Research Director, The Justice Collaboratory


Rachel Johnston is an Associate Research Scholar in Law, as well as Research Director for the Justice Collaboratory, at Yale Law School. Her research interests include violence prevention, law enforcement operations and policy, surveillance, and homicide and sex assault investigator’s practice training. 

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Ph.D. (Criminology, Law, and Justice), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
M.U.P.P., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1996
B.S.S., Cornell College, 1994

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Rachel Johnston is an Associate Research Scholar in Law, as well as Research Director for the Justice Collaboratory, at Yale Law School. Her research interests include violence prevention, law enforcement operations and policy, surveillance, and homicide and sex assault investigator’s practice training. Before joining Yale in October 2016, Johnston was the Program Director for the Criminology & Criminal Justice Master’s Degtree at Adler University in Chicago. She also developed and directed the Violence Inquest for Solutions and Alliance (VISA) project at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Prior to work on the VISA Project, Johnston worked for the Chicago Police Department in their research and development division for 13 years.

Johnston obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) from the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice, a master’s degree from the UIC College of Urban Planning and Policy, and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell College.