Dr Richard Johnson

Lecturer in US Politics and International Relations

Research Overview

My work focuses on race and democracy in the United States. Through the lens of American racial politics, my research interests include political communications and campaign strategies, elections and electoral systems, representation and public policy, urban politics, and party regimes and polarisation. My recent work has studied black candidates in predominantly white contexts, the political thought of liberal Republicans, racially polarised partisanship under the Obama and Trump presidencies, and the impact of political structures such as voting systems and legislative apportionment on the representation of political and ethnic minorities. Current projects include studies about civil rights policy during the Reagan presidency and the implications of recent state-level partisan change on racial segregation in American schools. In a British context, I have written about the Labour Party and its history.

Proudly for Brooke: Race-Conscious Campaigning in 1960s Massachusetts
Johnson, R. 15/03/2018 In: Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.
Journal article

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
Johnson, R. 2018 In: Developments in American Politics 8. London : Palgrave p. 20-40. 21 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Hamilton's Deracialization: Barack Obama’s Racial Politics in Context
Johnson, R. 25/07/2017 In: Du Bois Review. 14, 2, p. 621-638. 18 p.
Journal article

Racially Polarised Partisanship and the Obama Presidency
Johnson, R. 2017 In: The Obama Presidency and the Politics of Change. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan p. 161-180. 20 p. ISBN: 9783319410326. Electronic ISBN: 9783319410333.
Chapter

Overrepresenting UKIP, Underrepresenting the Greens and Lib Dems: The 2014 European Elections in Great Britain
Johnson, R., Johnston, R., McLean, I. 24/11/2014 In: Representation. 50, 4, p. 429-437. 9 p.
Journal article

Camaraderie: One Hundred Years of the Cambridge Labour Party, 1912-2012
Johnson, R., Walsh, A. 2012 Labour Party. 300 p. ISBN: 0861174992, 9780861174997.
Book