Ann Marie Johnson began her education at Northern Michigan University and graduated in 1995. She then attended University of Cincinnati where she received her J.D. and M.A. in Political Science in 1998. From 1999 until 2001 Dr. Johnson worked as an attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals writing judicial opinions on civil and criminal matters. In 2001 she began working as an attorney in financial enforcement litigation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. While at HUD she also had the opportunity to work in the Office of Finance and Regulatory Compliance. After practicing law at HUD, Dr. Johnson entered the Ph.D. program at University of Delaware. There she specialized in Housing and Transitioning Judicial Systems. There she worked as a research assistant for the Center for Community Research and Service where she conducted fair housing research and coauthored a paper presented at the Urban Affairs Association Conference on changes to public housing finance and accounting regulations.
In 2008 Dr. Johnson conducted research with a Romanian colleague on anti-corruption measures in the Romanian civil service. The results of this study were published in article form in a NISPACee peer reviewed book. In 2009 Dr. Johnson received an International Research Grant for dissertation research. She conducted a 10 week study of the Effectiveness of EU Anticorruption Mandates on the Romanian Judiciary in Cluj, Romania. In 2010 Ann received the University of Delaware Dissertation Writing Fellowship. She has also completed her Higher Education Certificate from the Center for Educational Effectiveness. In August 2011 Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. Dr. Johnson began teaching public law at SUNY Albany Fall 2011.