COVID-19 | Health Equity
Vaccination Equity by Design (with Lessons for Designing Equitable Transportation, Housing, and Education Policy)
A Conversation with Olatunde C.A. Johnson, JD
Professor Johnson will examine the drivers of racial inequity in early access to COVID-19 vaccines. She also will discuss how regulatory tools could have been used more effectively to promote equity in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout—and what can be learned not only for the next public health emergency, but for addressing inequities in other policy areas.
Olatunde C.A. Johnson, JD is the Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Known for her distinguished scholarship in civil procedure, legislation, and anti-discrimination law, Johnson’s research has helped shape the national conversation on modern civil rights legislation, anti-discrimination, fair housing, congressional power, and innovations to address discrimination and inequality. Her recent work examines state and local governments’ efforts to enhance opportunities for historically excluded groups as well as the conflicts that arise when states preempt local efforts to address discrimination and promote wage increases and affordable housing. In 2016, Johnson was awarded the Law School’s Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Columbia University’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2009, Columbia Law School students selected Johnson as the Public Interest Professor of the Year, praising her as a “role model for aspiring public interest lawyers.” In February 2020, she was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to the Resolutions Committee honoring Justice John Paul Stevens, for whom she clerked.