Assistant Professor of Practice
Mark Johnson is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, teaching skills courses that include Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Cycle Management, and supervising capstone Practicum projects. His course Worst and Better Practices in International Aid and Development was launched in response to his direct and indirect involvement during his years as an aid worker in projects that had negative unintended consequences. Johnson has led the Ethiopia International Field Program since 2008, bringing students to work with local NGOs on project work and independent primary research. Students often work with women’s self-help groups through the Consortium for Self Help Approach Promoters. He also has given lectures at Addis Ababa University and runs M&E capacity-building workshops for national NGOs. He also serves as Monitoring and Evaluation director for Wide Horizons for Children, an international child welfare agency in Ethiopia, Burundi and Guatemala.
Prior to joining The New School, Johnson worked in emergency relief, refugee resettlement and humanitarian aid for the International Rescue Committee, Center for International Rehabilitation, United Nations, and Human Rights Watch. He has worked in Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Bosnia, Croatia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and the U.S. He has a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.