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Michael P. Johnson


Picture of Mike Johnson  Mike has been with the PAIR Project from the early days, and has shaped several aspects of the Project, particularly the Project's conception of commiment. The following papers using Mike's measure of commitment have used PAIR Project data:

Johnson, Michael P., John P. Caughlin, and Ted L. Huston. (In press). "The tripartite nature of marital commitment: Personal, moral and structural reasons to stay married." Journal of Marriage and the Family.
Johnson, M. P., Huston, T.L., Gaines, S.O., & Levinger, G. (1991). "Patterns of married life among young couples." Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 9:343-364.

Mike is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology in Women's Studies and African & African American Studies at Penn State. He is also Associate Head of the Department of Sociology.

Mike says, "the most important non-private stuff to know about me is that I'm a feminist activist, currently focusing primary on issues of domestic violence. The most important things I've done are the things that have had  a clear impact on policies that affect women's lives. That would include:

reports I wrote in the 1980s for the President's Office of Penn State (292 policy recommendations);
the effects of my papers on domestic violence on policy in Vietnam, Indonesia, and I hope lots of places I don't know about; and
my current work as Chair of the Board of the Centre County Women's Resource Center (our local shelter). The shelter was full 76% of the time last year, and we are involved in a capital campaign to raise money for an expansion. If you'd like to contribute, get in touch (mpj@psu.edu)."

Mike is also a prolific author; following are some favorite publications:

Johnson, M. P. (1996). Violence against women in the family: The United States and Vietnam.  In Kathleen Barry (ed.), Vietnam's Women in Transition (pp. 287-296). New York: St. Martin's Press.
Johnson, M. P. (1995). Commitment. In David Levinson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family (pp. 121-125). New York: Macmillan.
Johnson, M. P. (1995). Patriarchal terrorism and common couple violence: Two forms of violence against women in U.S. families. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 283-294.
Johnson, M. P. (1995). Violence against women in the family in Vietnam and the United States. In Bui Thi Kim Quy (ed.), The Family and the Status of Women. Ho Chi Minh City: Institute for Social Research.
Johnson, M. P. and Johnson, J.R. (1994). Migration of undocumented aliens to Pennsylvania. Globehead!, 1 (December), 30-31. (A satirical regression).
Blair, S. L. and Johnson, M.P. (1991). Wives' perceptions of the fairness of the division of household labor. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 54, 570-581.

To learn more about Mike's work, visit his self-described "rudimentary webpage" at  http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/m/p/mpj.


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