Samantha-Kaye Johnston is a Researcher and Supernumerary Fellow at Jesus College, both at The University of Oxford, and a member of the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab. Her research and interests are at the intersection of reading development, including critical reading, and technology. She is also a University Associate at Curtin University in Western Australia. She seeks to use her varied platforms to elevate the science of reading, the science of learning, and the science of technology within reading instruction. Her work is informed by her experience as an advocate and researcher in Jamaica, England, and Australia, primarily within the K-12 sector, as well as within non-governmental, private, and community organisations, and UN bodies.
Samantha holds a Ph.D. in Psychology (reading development) from Curtin University, which was awarded the Chancellor's Commendation for Outstanding Doctoral Research. She also holds a MA in Education from the Liverpool Hope University in England and a B.Sc. in Psychology from The University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Her current research focus at the Berkman Klein Centre is on internet governance within the context of the development of education. She is particularly interested in ensuring that the rights of students are protected while they interact within digital spaces, including elevating the voices of students in decision-making processes and ensuring that students engage in critical thinking and critical reading in digital environments.