Samantha-Kaye Johnston is a Researcher at The University of Oxford and her interests are at the intersection of reading development, curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and technology. She is also a University Associate at Curtin University and a Teaching Associate at Monash University, where she sits on the undergraduate and graduate psychology teaching teams, respectively. As Founder of Reading for Humanity, she seeks to use this platform to elevate the science of reading, the science of learning, and the science of technology within early 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 the digital space, including elevating the voices of students in decision-making processes and ensuring that students engage in critical thinking and critical reading in virtual environments.