Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D., is the former Director of Education Policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonprofit research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Michigan.

Before joining the Mackinac Center in 2002, Johnson was Senior Policy Analyst for The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis in Washington, D.C. where he conducted statistical research on academic achievement issues. Prior to that, he worked at the U.S. Census Bureau, George Mason University, the University of North Texas, and taught economics at a college in Fort Worth, Texas. His research has been featured in a host of publications across the nation, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, and the Detroit News. His Ph.D. is in Public Policy from George Mason University.