Justine Johnson is the coordinator of Western's new Interpersonal Violence Prevention Initiative (IVPI). Johnson earned her master of arts degree in gender and women's studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato (2011) and her bachelor of science in political science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (2008). She has been a sexual assault victim advocate since 2008 working with men's involvement with gender violence.
Johnson is committed to having an inclusive dialogue about masculinities, and the advancement of gender and men's studies. Johnson's research interests are food politics, gender studies, anti-violence work and masculinity. Johnson was awarded for her commitment, dedication and extensive activism and advocacy work in Mankato in 2010 and 2011. Johnson presented her thesis Hegans: The Emergence of the New Male Vegan at the American Men's Studies Association's (AMSA) Annual Conference in April 2011. In Kansas City, she received the Loren Frankel scholarship for her presentation. She has also presented at the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) in 2010 and 2011 for her research and activism.