Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson

Professor of Sociology and Department Chair

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1999


Life Course, Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood, Adolescent and Young Adult Health and Well-Being, Education, Work and Family

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of work, family, and education across the life course, with particular focus on well-being and achievement in adolescence and the transition to adulthood. I am currently involved in research tackling families’ and young people’s adaptations to the changing nature of the transition to adulthood, including familial financial support in young adulthood and its implications for attainment and well-being; change in educational and work ambitions tied to changing personal and historical circumstances; and the interplay of stratification and the development of social psychological resources in promoting well-being and attainment.

Selected Publications

Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick, Jeylan T. Mortimer, and Jutta Heckhausen. Forthcoming.
“Work Value Transmission from Parents to Children: Early Socialization and
Delayed Activation” Work and Occupations.

Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick, and Steven Hitlin. 2017. Family (Dis)advantage and Life
Course Expectations. Social Forces 95(3):997-1022. doi: 10.1093/sf/sow094

Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick, and Steven Hitlin. 2017. “Adolescent Agentic
Orientations: Contemporaneous Family Influence, Parental Biography and
Intergenerational Development.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 46:2215-2229.

Mortimer, Jeylan T., Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, and Arnaldo Mont’Alvao. 2017.
“Economic Recession and Youth Achievement Orientations and Behavior.” Pp. 321-347
in Young People’s Development and the Great Recession. Cambridge University

Mont’Alvao, Arnaldo, Jeylan T. Mortimer, and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson. 2017. “The
Great Recession and Youth Labor Market Outcomes in International Perspective.” Pp.
52-74 in Young People’s Development and the Great Recession. Cambridge University

Shanahan, Michael J., Jeylan T. Mortimer, and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson (Eds).
2016. Handbook of the Life Course, Volume 2. Springer.

Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick, Jeremy Staff, Megan E. Patrick and John E. Schulenberg.
2016. “Adolescent Adaptation Before, During, and in the Aftermath of the Great
Recession in the United States.” International Journal of Psychology. DOI:

Hitlin, Steven and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson. 2015. “Reconceptualizing Agency
within the Life Course: The Power of Looking Ahead.” American Journal of Sociology


on the campus of Washington State University, Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

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