Richard Johnson is a DPhil candidate in Politics at Oxford University (Nuffield College). He has an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University (Jesus College) in Social & Political Sciences and an MPhil in Comparative Government from Oxford.
In his graduate work, Richard studies race, representation, and elections in the United States. His doctoral thesis explains racial campaign strategies used by African American in majority-white contexts. He argues that candidates in these settings do not uniformly ‘deracialise’ in order to win the support of white voters. Instead, some candidates make race-conscious appeals to white voters’ aspirations of making history, doing the right thing, or vanquishing racism.
He has also written on a number of other topics, including the political thought of Republican Senator Edward Brooke, racially polarised partisanship under the Obama presidency, and the impact of political structures such as voting systems and legislative apportionment on the representation of political and ethnic minorities. In a British context, he has written widely about the Labour Party and its history.
Teaching specialism, interests and experience
I teach the following papers:
PPE Prelim - Introduction to the the Theory and Practice of Politics
201 - Comparative Government
205 - Government & Politics of the USA
- Rothermere American Institute Visiting Research Fellowship (non-stipendiary, from Spring 2017)
- Research Travel Grant from the University of Kansas for research about the renewal of the Voting Rights Act in 1982 (£750) (2016)
- American Political Science Association Centennial Visiting Research Scholar (non-stipendiary) (2016)
- Rothermere American Institute Conference Grant (£1,500) (2015)
- ESRC Doctoral Fieldwork Grant (£3,500) (2015)
- Winner of Neustadt Prize, American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association (£100) (2015)
- Rothermere American Institute USA Fieldwork Travel Grant (£1,000) (2013)
- Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre Studentship (£14,000 pa) (2012-16)
- Jesus College Scholarship - For obtaining First Class honours (£100)
- Jesus College Prize for SPS (£100)
- 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.
- ‘Neither Black Nationalism nor Deracialisation: Barack Obama’s Racial Politics’, under review.
- ‘Proudly for Brooke: Race-Conscious Campaigning in 1960s Massachusetts’, under review.
Chapters in edited volumes
- 'Racially Polarised Partisanship and the Obama Presidency’ in E Ashbee & J Dumbrell (eds) The Obama Presidency and the Politics of Change (New York: Routledge, 2016)
- 'Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration' in Developments in American Politics 8 (New York: Routledge, 2017)
- ‘Racial Campaign Strategies of Black Candidates in Majority-White Jurisdictions: De-centering Deracialization’ in D King (ed) Black Politics After Obama (under review)
- with DESMOND KING, ‘Introduction: Black Politics After Obama’, in D King (ed) Black Politics After Obama (under review)
- with ASHLEY WALSH, Camaraderie: One Hundred Years of the Cambridge Labour Party, 1912-2012 (Cambridge: Labour Party, 2012). Winner of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History Annual Book Award (2013)
- with LISA MILLER, ‘Political Consequences of Equal Representation in the US Senate’
- ‘Opposition to School Vouchers as a Cue to Black Racial Solidarity’
- ‘Anti-Goldwater Republicanism in 1960s Massachusetts: Edward Brooke’s Creative Republicanism’
- ‘The Role of the Dole Compromise in Explaining the Extension of the Voting Rights Act in 1982’
Conference Papers and Presentations
‘Neither Black Nationalism nor Deracialisation: Barack Obama’s Racial Politics in Context’, American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting (Philadelphia, Aug 2016)
'Barack Obama's Racial Politics', Graduate Research Conference (Oxford, May 2016)
‘Structures of Political Inequality’, John G Winant Symposium on American Politics (Oxford, Feb 2016)
‘Colour-Blind Politics and the Obama Presidency’, American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association (Reading, Jan 2016)
'Racial Campaign Strategies of Black Candidates in Majority-White Jurisdictions: De-centering Deracialisation', Conference on Black Politics in a ‘Colour-Blind’ Era (Oxford, Dec 2015)
‘The Race Card: A Winning Hand?’, Elections Public Opinion & Parties (EPOP) Conference (Cardiff, Sep 2015)
‘Opposition to Vouchers as a Cue to Black Racial Solidarity: Cory Booker and Racial Authenticity in the 2002 Newark Mayoral Election’, Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Meeting (Chicago, Apr 2015)
‘Deracialisation: Re-examination of a political strategy’, American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association (Manchester, Jan 2015)
‘Protecting the Privileged: Equal state apportionment in the US Senate’, Rights of the Political Minority Conference (Oxford, Sep 2014)
‘Proudly for Brooke: Race and Ideology in the 1966 Massachusetts Senatorial Election’, American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association (Oxford, Jan 2014)