David R. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. He specializes in the sociology of science, higher education, and policy. The core of his research agenda examines the intersection of science with other social institutions. One pillar of his agenda examines the intersection of science and capitalism and is captured in his first book, A Fractured Profession: Commercialism and Conflict  in Academic Science (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). A second pillar examines the intersection of science and religion. This strand includes articles on the religiosity of scientists, the influence of religion on public understanding of science, and the implications of religion for public confidence in higher education, among others. The third pillar of his research agenda examines the intersection of science and politics. In this vein, Johnson’s published work has analyzed the adoption of policies influencing postsecondary organizations and how evolution is taught in public schools.