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Bethany Johns, Ph.D.

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Bethany Johns, Ph.D.
Director, Research Policy

Dr. Bethany R. Johns is the Director of Research Policy at APLU. She works on research policy and regulatory issues related to sustaining the excellence of public research universities, as well as staff the Council on Research.

Before joining APLU, Dr. Johns worked in Government Relations for the American Institute of Physics (AIP) managing the government relations advocacy services and administering tailored, nuanced strategies to educate, inform and constructively influence policy and policy-makers.

Dr. Johns has worked on a broad spectrum of issues regarded science and innovation including: Agriculture, energy, and environmental science for American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America; Science policy consultant to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the premier trade association of over 40 businesses at the forefront of commercial aerospace; and at the American Astronomical Society’s public policy office successfully in securing millions of federal dollars appropriated for the space sciences.

Dr. Johns obtained her Ph.D. and Masters in Physics from Clemson University with an emphasis in policy studies and a B.A. in Physics from Kenyon College.