Darin Johnson

Darin Johnson, Ph.D.

Darin Johnson
  • Upcoming Graduate

Darin Johnson studies how racialized populations understand and engage in code switching as they communicate in different contexts. He also studies the psychological mechanisms that underpin code switching.

Darin Johnson is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication. His research interests are at the intersection of brain, identity, culture, and health. Johnson is specifically interested in understanding how people facing marginalization code switch their language/behavior in social contexts where their identities are under threat.

Johnson engages in research that examines code switching (1) to understand the psychological consequences associated with attempting to subvert discrimination via self-altering and (2) to uproot organizational cultures committed to prioritizing certain ways of being over others. 

Prior to joining Annenberg, Johnson completed his B.S. in Neuroscience with additional majors in Spanish and Medicine Science & The Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, as well as his M.A. in International Education at the Universidad de Alcalá while working as an English Language Assistant in the public school system in Madrid, Spain.


  • B.S., Johns Hopkins University, 2017
  • M.A., Universidad de Alcalá, 2019

Selected Publications