PhD, Chicago, 1991.
Pragmatist political thought, democratic theory, philosophy of social science, and cultural theories of politics. Teaches social and political theory at the University of Rochester where he has received the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching (2003). He has been Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (2002-2003) and is former Editor Perspectives on Politics (2004-2009) and Co-Editor, Journal of Theoretical Politics (2000-2005). He has served on the Editorial Board of both the American Journal of Political Science (1996-1998) and the American Political Science Review (2001-2007). He was Program Co-Chair of the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Professor Johnson is a long time member of the teaching faculty at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.
Professor Johnson's current research traverses pragmatist political thought, democratic theory, philosophy of social science, and cultural theories of politics. Professor Johnson is co-author, with Jack Knight, of The Priority of Democracy: Political Consequences of Pragmatism, which was published by Princeton University Press in 2011. His academic papers have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, the Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, Political Theory, and Politics, Philosophy & Economics.