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Dr Richard Johnson

Lecturer in US Politics and International Relations

Richard Johnson

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592308

Office Hours:

Mondays, 3-5pm

B12, County South

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.

PhD supervision

US politics -- especially the politics of race, elections, representation, American Political Development

Current Teaching

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

Career Details


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 Post

Visiting Researcher - Institute for Social & Policy Studies (Yale, 2016)

Visiting Lecturer - Beijing Foreign Studies University (2019)

  • Published

    Book Review: Why the vote wasn’t enough for Selma

    Johnson, R., 11/06/2019, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies. 42, 8, p. 1382-1384 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • Published

    Low-Resource Candidates and Fundraising Appeals

    Johnson, R., 1/05/2019, The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Persuasion . Suhay, E., Grofman, B. & Trechsel, A. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Published

    Racial Policy Under Trump

    Johnson, R., 2019, The Trump Presidency: From Campaign Trail to World Stage. Oliva, M. & Shanahan, M. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 111-135 25 p. (The Evolving American Presidency).

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter

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