College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Christopher Johnstone

  • Associate Professor

  • Office Hours

    Mondays, 9:00am-12:00pm or by appointment

Christopher Johnstone

Areas of interest

Inclusive Education
International Development
Internationalization of Higher Education


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, comparative and international development education
M.S., Syracuse University, special education
B.S., State University of New York, Plattsburgh, special education


Christopher Johnstone is an Assistant Professor of Comparative and International Development Education. In his research he explores operationalizations of inclusiveness as they relate to both international development, K-12 education, and campus internationalization. He has worked on education or development-related projects on every continent except Antarctica, but has primarily focused his research in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. His current projects include studies of livelihoods (Kenya and Tanzania), disability identity (India), and equity issues in internationalization (University of Minnesota).


Christopher Johnstone is an Associate Professor in the Comparative and International Development Education program area. His research focuses on inclusive education and development, as well as the internationalization of higher education. His work is primarily focused in South Asia and Eastern/Southern Africa. Current projects include a grant focused on inclusive employment in Bhutan, academic directorship of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, and a global evaluation of inclusive education for UNICEF.

Courses Taught

  • OLPD 5104 - Strategies for the International Development of Education Systems
  • OLPD 5080 - International Higher Education
  • OLPD 8002 - Critical Issues in Contemporary Education


  • Fulbright Specialist, Czech Republic (2018)
  • Outstanding Mentoring and Advising Award, Council of Graduate Students (2016)
  • Global Engagement, University of Minnesota (2015)

Johnstone, C.J., Smith, T.L., & Malmgren, J. (2020). Academics as arbiters: Promoting equity and cultural responsibility in group-based study abroad. Frontiers: The Study Abroad Journal, 32 (2), 120-144.

Schuelka, M., Johnstone, C.J., Thomas, G., & Artiles, A. (2019). Sage Handbook on Inclusion and Diversity in Education. London: Sage.

Johnstone, C., Lazarus, S., Lazetic, P., & Nikolic, G. (2019). Resourcing inclusion: Introducing finance perspectives to inclusive education policy rhetoric. Prospects, 47(4), 339-359.

Johnstone, C., Higgins, J., & Fedorchak, G. (2019). Assessment in an era of accessibility: Evaluating rules for scripting audio representation of test items. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(2), 806-818.

Johnstone, C., Kayama, M., & Limaye, S. (2019). Inclusion or assimilation? Program development in disability-focused organizations in India. Disability & Society, 34(9-10), 1595-1612.

Lihwa, F., Johnstone, C., Thomas, M. A., & Krause, B. (2019). Remoteness as a gendered construct. Development in Practice, 29(4), 501-513.

Kayama, M., Johnstone, C., & Limaye, S. (2019). Adjusting the “self” in social interaction: Disability and stigmatization in India. Children and Youth Services Review, 96, 463-474.

Johnstone, C., Yefanova, D., Woodruff, G., Montgomery, M. L., & Kappler, B. J. (2018). “It Would Be Better If You Can Hang Out With Different People”: An Examination of Cross-National Interaction in Postsecondary Classrooms. Journal of Teaching and Learning12(2), 23-37.