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Nia Johnson received her BA from Oakwood University. She then went on to obtain her Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 2019. Nia is currently the Founder and CEO of the Mazingira Bioethics Group, LLC – a bioethics consulting company that focuses on clinical ethics mediation, minority health, and general bioethics. Previously, she ran and founded The Neighborhood Bioethicist - a bioethics blog geared towards millennials and Black Americans. She has completed internships in academic and community hospitals and has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Law and Medicine from 2018 to 2019. Her research interests include causes of mistrust in medicine in the black diaspora, opinion research, and examining bioethics through the black gaze. During the summer of 2020 she worked on multiple projects regarding the impact of COVID-19 and policing on Black American communities. She has been published in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, and the Journal of Urban Health.

Selected Awards & Fellowships

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Selected Awards & Presentations

July 2020 

Yale University - Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics

Morality While Living Under Oppression: Riots, Resistance, and Bioethics

The Economics of Body Modification, Medical Decision Making Under the Male Gaze, and Bioethics

Feburary 2020

Boston University School of Law - Racial Bias, Disparities and Oppression in the 1L Curriculum: A Critical Approach to the Canonical First Year Law School Subjects

On Integrating Slave Law into the First-Year Contracts Course

May 2019

Boston University School of Law - Melville M. Bigelow Scholarship Award

Awarded to students that demonstrate great promise as scholars and teachers in the law


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August 2019 to Present

Harvard University

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Health Policy, May 2024

Juris Doctor Candidate, May 2019

Boston University School of Law

Editor-in-Chief, American of Journal of Law and Medicine

Vice President, Boston University Health Law Association, 2017-2018

Black Law Student’s Association

Masters of Bioethics, August 2016

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Masters of Bioethics Social Chair, 2016

Penn Alumni Interview Program Member

Capstone: Bioethics: A Call for the Prestige

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, International Studies, Minor Political Science, May 2015

Oakwood University

Dean’s List (All four years)          

Miss Oakwood University, 2014 – 2015 (selected as an Ebony Magazine Campus Queen, 2015)

Oakwood University Aeolians, 2012-2015

Logistics Committee Member, Oakwood University Aeolians, 2013-2014

Oakwood University Supreme Court Justice, 2013-2014

Vice President, Pre-Law Society, 2012-2013


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Forthcoming 2020

Black Americans’ Views on Health Policy: Implications for the 2020 Election.

Nia Johnson, Robert Blendon, and Mary Gorski. JAMA Health Forum.

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June 2020

When Blackness Doesn’t Fade After A Pandemic: An Appeal to Acknowledge the Unequal Burden of Social Isolation.

Nia Johnson. Journal of Urban Health.


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Summer 2019

Urban Bioethics: A Call for the Prestige.

Nia Johnson and Lance Wahlert. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.


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