Assistant Professor of Practice
Mark Johnson is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, teaching the skills courses Monitoring and Evaluation I: Setting Up M&E, M&E II: Client Work, Practicum in International Affairs I: Project Design, and supervising capstone Practicum projects. A new course, Studio: Worst and Best Practices in International Humanitarian Aid, was launched in response to his direct and indirect involvement in projects that had negative unintended consequences. Studio students research an intervention they see as worst practice, and then design a best-practice alternative. He is also faculty advisor to the university Monitoring and Evaluation Collaborative Association student organization.
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 the Consortium for Self Help Approach Promoters, an organization promoting women’s self-help groups. He also gives lectures at Addis Ababa University and the Yom Institute for International Development, 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, installing M&E protocols in Ethiopia and Guatemala and producing program evaluations.
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, Bosnia, Croatia, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Johnson has a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Monit & Eval-I: Setting Up M&E
Monit & Eval-II: Client Work
Humanitarian Aid Practices
Lab-Intl Field Sem
PIA II: Project Implementation