Rebecca Johnson is a fifth year student in the Department of Sociology, with a joint degree in social policy and specialization in demography. Her main research interests are in health, law and moral dimensions of public policy. Her dissertation focuses on rights that parents have to influence how schools allocate scarce resources. While many laud the inequality-reducing promise of expanding formal rights, she shows challenges that emerge when the level of government that defines the scope of the right is distinct from the level of government that finances the rights claims. Before coming to Princeton, Johnson received a B.A. from Stanford with honors in psychology, an M.A. focused on political theory and then spent two years as a predoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health's Department of Bioethics.