Dr Richard JohnsonLecturer in US Politics and International Relations
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.
POLI 100. Politics and International Relations in the Contemporary World (Practice of Liberal Democracy)
PPR 237. Government of the United States
PPR 346. Race and American Politics
MA (Cantab) - Social & Political Sciences (Jesus College, Cambridge, 2009-12)
MPhil - Comparative Government (Nuffield College, Oxford, 2012-14)
DPhil - Politics (Nuffield College, Oxford, 2014-17)
Visiting Researcher - Institute for Social & Policy Studies (Yale, 2016)
Visiting Lecturer - Beijing Foreign Studies University (2019)
Visiting Lecturer - Cambridge University, Institute for Continuing Education (2019)
PhD Supervision Interests
US politics -- especially the politics of race, elections, representation, American Political Development
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.
Low-Resource Candidates and Fundraising Appeals
Johnson, R. 1/05/2019 In: The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Persuasion . Oxford : Oxford University Press
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.
Trump, the Democrats, and the Politics of Immigration
Johnson, R. 1/09/2018 In: Political Insight. 9, 3, p. 15-19. 5 p.
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.
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.
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
Johnson, R. 2018 In: Developments in American Politics 8. London : Palgrave p. 20-40. 21 p.
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.
Camaraderie: One Hundred Years of the Cambridge Labour Party, 1912-2012
Johnson, R., Walsh, A. 2012 Labour Party. 300 p. ISBN: 0861174992, 9780861174997.