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Mr Richard Johnson
BA Social & Political Sciences (Cambridge), MPhil Politics (Oxford)
Job Title : Student
Academic Group : Politics
College Group : Politics
Research Interests : legislative institutions, elections, race, and representation, with a focus on the United States.
Nuffield College
New Road
Oxford, OX1 1NF
United Kingdom


Biographical Sketch

I research legislative institutions, elections, race, and representation. I focus primarily on the United States.

My current project offers a new theoretical framework for analysing the campaigns of black candidates in majority-white election contexts.

Published Work

  • 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.

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, forthcoming)
  • 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)

Conference Papers

  • 'Neither Black Nationalism nor Deracialisation: Barack Obama's Racial Politics in Context', American Political Science Association Conference (Philadelphia, Sept 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). [Winner of Neustadt Prize for best early career paper]
  • ‘The Race Card: A Winning Hand?’, Elections Public Opinion & Parties 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)

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