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Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Lecturer in US Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University
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.

US Congress could use Reconstruction-era civil rights powers to protect black lives today

Jun 21, 2020 11:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

The man in the White House is erratic, vain, and conspiratorial. In a speech to celebrate George Washingtons birthday, the president mentioned himself 200 times in 60 minutes. The House of Representatives voted to impeach...

US midterm elections: the dirty tricks used by parties to skew results in their favour

Oct 17, 2018 22:15 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

As the US midterm elections approach, its important to understand how the US has undergone a profound intensification in racially polarised partisanship. Race and attitudes about race closely align with party identities...

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Economy

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Politics

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Science

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