Dr Richard Johnson, BA (Cambridge), MPhil (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford)
Lecturer in US Politics & Policy
Email: Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org Room Number: Arts One, 2.01Office Hours: 4-5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays
Richard Johnson joined Queen Mary as Lecturer in US Politics & Policy in 2020. Previously, he was a lecturer at Lancaster University. He has held visiting research and teaching positions at Yale University, Cambridge University, and Beijing Foreign Studies University. He studied at Cambridge and Oxford.
With a focus on race and American democratic development, he has written about African American candidates in predominantly white contexts, the ‘two Reconstructions’, liberal Republicans and civil rights, school segregation, the racial politics of Barack Obama’s Chicago, the fundraising strategies of working-class candidates, racially polarised partisanship, and the racial policies of the Obama and Trump administrations. Current projects include an analysis of US foreign policy through the lens of its domestic institutions, the ‘favourite son’ effect of presidents in their home state, and American populist traditions.
Richard Johnson is also interested in British politics, particularly the history of the Labour Party. He has written a number of pieces on Labour Party history, the left and the EU, UK trade policy, and psephology.
Richard Johnson’s research focuses on race and democracy in the United States. Through the lens of American racial politics, research interests include political communications and campaign strategies, elections and electoral systems, representation and public policy, urban politics, and party regimes and polarisation.
Examples of research funding:
- Policy Entrepreneur Grant for research on the history of Euroscepticism in the Labour Party (Dec 2020)
- Quality-Related Research Strategic Priorities Fund Grant (Research England) for a project on UK constitutional reform (Dec 2020)
- Political Studies Association (PSA) APSA Panel Award (Sept 2020)
- British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Teaching American Studies Grant (Jun 2019)
- Research Travel Grant from the University of Kansas (Bob Dole Institute) for research about the renewal of the Voting Rights Act in 1982 (2016)
US Foreign Policy: Domestic Roots and International Impact (Bristol University Press, publication date: May 2021)
The End of the Second Reconstruction: Obama, Trump, and the Crisis of Civil Rights (Polity, 2020)
‘School Choice as Community Disempowerment: Racial Rhetoric about Voucher Policy in Urban America’, Urban Affairs Review (forthcoming)
with DESMOND KING, ‘Race Was a Motivating Factor: Re-segregated schools in the American states’, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy 35:1 (2019), 75-95.
‘Proudly for Brooke: Race-Conscious Campaigning in 1960s Massachusetts’, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 3:2 (Sept 2018), 261-292.
‘Hamilton’s Deracialization: Barack Obama’s Racial Politics in Context’, Du Bois Review 14:2 (Fall 2017), 621-638
with RON JOHNSTON and IAIN McLEAN, ‘Overrepresenting UKIP, Underrepresenting the Greens and Lib Dems: The 2014 European Elections in Great Britain’, Representation (2014) 50:4, 429-437.
‘The Favourite Son’s Favourites: Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Home State Effect in Midterm Elections’ in R Mason & M McLay (eds) Midterms and Mandates (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)
with MARK GARNETT, ‘Corbyn’s Foreign Policy’ in A Crimes (ed) Corbynism in Perspective: The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn (Newcastle: Agenda, forthcoming)
‘How Low-Resource Candidates Raise Money’ in B Grofman, E Suchay, & A Treschel (eds) Oxford Handbook of Electoral Persuasion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)
‘Racial Policy Under Trump’ in M Oliva & M Shanahan (eds) The Trump Presidency: From Campaign Trail to World Stage (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
‘Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration’ in G Peele, C Bailey, J Herbert, B Cain, & B G Peters (eds) Developments in American Politics 8, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
'Racially Polarised Partisanship and the Obama Presidency’ in E Ashbee & J Dumbrell (eds) The Obama Presidency and the Politics of Change, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Darren Bowes (Lancaster), Eisenhower, Education, and Civil Rights
US politics -- especially the politics of race, African American politics, civil rights and the state, class and labour politics, parties, elections, campaign politics, representation, American Political Development
- Television: CNN (e.g., Kavanagh nomination, Midterm elections), BBC World News (e.g., US-North Korea strategy), Sky News (e.g., Trump’s State of the Union, gun control), ABC (e.g., Joe Biden’s Presidential Prospects), France 24 (e.g., Trump’s First Year), Al-Jazeera (e.g., US foreign policy at a crossroads, US federal shutdown), and others
- Radio: BBC World Service (e.g., ‘Newshour’: US Government Shutdown), BBC Radio 4 (e.g., ‘Last Word’: Edward Brooke) and BBC local radio (e.g., The Labour Party and Anti-Semitism)
Selected Articles for Newspapers and Magazines
- ‘US Parties Are Using Dirty Tricks to Skew the Midterm Election Result in Their Favour’, The Independent, 20 October 2018
- ‘Trump, the Democrats, and the Politics of Immigration’, Political Insight, August 2018
Selected Academic Blogs
- US Congress Could Use Reconstruction-Era Civil Rights Powers to Protect Black Lives Today (Jun 2020)
- The End of Multi-Racial Democracy (Jun 2020)
- Wisconsin’s Post-Election Power-Grab Shows Why Lame-Duck Must Be Killed Off (Dec 2018)
- Labour’s New Customs Union Policy is a Missed Opportunity for a Humanitarian Trade Agenda (Mar 2018)
- Downstate Blues: How a black female Democrat won in the white Midwest (Nov 2016)
- When the Ku Klux Klan Endorsed a Black, Liberal Democrat for Senate (Nov 2016)
- Should we just leave the selection of the party leader to MPs? (Jul 2016)
- Brexit and the Radical Tory Tradition of British Socialism’ (Jul 2016)
- Understanding the Paradox of the First Black President (May 2016)
- The Curious Case of the British Left’s Europhilia (Jun 2016)
- The Electoral Implications of Labour’s EU Referendum Stance (Jan 2016)
- Twenty-Five Years Since First Election of a Black US Governor: L Douglas Wilder (Nov 2014)