Kristal Johnson is in her 3rd year of the PhD Sociology program, which will be her 4th program completed at the University of Central Florida.

Kristal is studying the social inequalities track with a particular focus on racial inequalities. Kristal’s specific interest is police interaction with Black men and Black women, so essentially the Black community and how these interactions turn fatal and attribute to the deterioration of Black families. Her prior research examined police interaction with Black men, as well as media perception of these fatalities.

Kristal’s research recognizes that interactions and experiences that Black males have from K-12 on through adulthood can have significant, lasting impact in a myriad of ways. Kristal is interested in teaching as well as public sociology in pursuit of changing the trajectory for future generations.