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Brittany Johnson

Brittany Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Computer Science
George Mason University

Fairfax, VA


(413) 461-0373


Black in Computing: An Open Letter & Call to Action for the Computing Community

Want to help? Here's some ways you can:

Supporting Black Lives Matter and Communities of Color
Petition for racial data on coronavirus
Sign other racial justice and equity related petitions
Make donations (there's ways that don't require money!)

If nothing else, educate yourself. If you're non-Black, listen and don't criticize. Be our allies not just in emails and private meetings, but in public and loudly.

The fight is far from over.

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University.

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University (2017), after getting my B.A. in Computer Science from the College of Charleston (2011). My research focuses on improving developer productivity and satisfaction through evaluating and improving the tools and processes they use to develop software. My current focus is on software fairness and ethical software engineering practices. My research is interdisciplinary, cross-cutting with research in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and machine learning.

Outside of work, I enjoy doing anything that allows me to be creative. From painting on canvas to painting my nails, I love to express myself! I also have a passion for mentoring and encouraging others to reach for the stars (while never forgetting who you are or where you started).


North Carolina State University

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

A Tool (Mis)communication Theory and Adaptive Approach for Supporting Developer Tool Use [] []

College of Charleston
2007 - 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science