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.

The End of the Second Reconstruction: Obama, Trump, and the Crisis of Civil Rights
Johnson, R. 1/07/2020 Polity Press. 160 p. ISBN: 9781509538331, 9781509538348. Electronic ISBN: 9781509538355.

Book Review: Why the vote wasn’t enough for Selma
Johnson, R. 11/06/2019 In: Ethnic and Racial Studies. 42, 8, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Low-Resource Candidates and Fundraising Appeals
Johnson, R. 1/05/2019 In: The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Persuasion . Oxford : Oxford University Press
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Racial Policy Under Trump
Johnson, R. 2019 In: The Trump Presidency. London : Palgrave Macmillan p. 111-135. 25 p. ISBN: 3319963244, 9783319963242. Electronic ISBN: 9783319963259.

‘Race was a motivating factor’: Re-segregated schools in the American states
Johnson, R., King, D. 26/09/2018 In: Journal of International Comparative Social Policy.
Journal article

Trump, the Democrats, and the Politics of Immigration
Johnson, R. 1/09/2018 In: Political Insight. 9, 3, p. 15-19. 5 p.
Journal article

Proudly for Brooke: Race-Conscious Campaigning in 1960s Massachusetts
Johnson, R. 09/2018 In: Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. 3, 2, p. 261-292. 32 p.
Journal article

Hamilton's Deracialization: Barack Obama’s Racial Politics in Context
Johnson, R. 20/04/2018 In: Du Bois Review. 14, 2, p. 621-638. 18 p.
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)

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.

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.