James Johnson

James Johnson

  • Professor of Political Science

PhD, Chicago, 1991

Office Location
Harkness 312
Web Address
Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae
Office Hours
F 9:30-11am


Fields: Political and social theory

Professor Johnson's current research and teaching traverse pragmatist political thought, democratic theory, philosophy of social science, and theories of political economy. Professor Johnson is co-author, with Jack Knight, of The Priority of Democracy: Political Consequences of Pragmatism (Princeton University Press, 2011) and, with Susan Orr, of Should Secret Voting be Mandatory? (Political Theory Today Series, Polity Books, 2020). His many academic papers have appeared in American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Theory, and Politics, Philosophy & Economics.

Professor Johnson is Co-Director of the undergraduate program in Politics, Philosophy & Economics. He has received both the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching (2003) and the W.E.B. Dubois Award for Educational Excellence given by the Black Student Union (2014). Professor Johnson also is a long-time member of the teaching faculty at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.

Professor Johnson has been Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (2002-3) and is former Editor, Perspectives on Politics (2004-9), and past Co-Editor, Journal of Theoretical Politics (2000-2005) and Critical Review of International & Political Philosophy (2018-20). He has served on the Editorial Board of both the American Journal of Political Science (1996-98; 2014-18) and the American Political Science Review (2001-7). He was Program Co-Chair of the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

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