Dr. Joel A. Johnson

Dr. Joel A. Johnson

Dr. Joel A. Johnson
Professor
605.274.5319
joel.johnson@augie.edu
Curriculum vitae

Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he also served as a lecturer on government. He teaches courses in Political Philosophy, Politics and Literature, and Asian Politics. The primary focus of his research is eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American political thought. He is the author of Beyond Practical Virtue: A Defense of Liberal Democracy through Literature (University of Missouri Press, 2007), as well as many articles and book chapters. These include “A Novel Twist to Tocqueville: Competing Visions of Democracy in Parrot and Olivier in America” (The Review of Politics, Spring 2017); “Mosses, Manses, and Mores: Hawthorne on the Construction and Preservation of Political Institutions” (American Political Thought, Spring 2016); “A Connecticut Yankee in Saddam’s Court: Mark Twain on Benevolent Imperialism (Perspectives on Politics, March 2007); and Disposed to Seek Their True Interests: Representation and Responsibility in Anti-Federalist Thought (The Review of Politics, Fall 2004). Dr. Johnson serves as advisor to the department’s honors program and to the Committee of Undergraduate Political Scientists (C.O.U.P.S.).

Education

  • Ph.D. (Political Science) — Harvard University (2002)
  • M.A. (Political Science) — Harvard University (1998)
  • B.A. (Political Science & Honors History) — Gustavus Adolphus College (1996)

Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs, Augustana University (2015 - )
  • Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs, Augustana University (2009 - 2015)
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany (2010 - 2011)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs, Augustana University (2003 - 2009)
  • Lecturer on Government, Harvard University (2002 - 2003)

Recent Publications

Grants and Awards

  • Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) Program Development Grant (2014). Lead writer for $50,000 grant to Augustana University for developing a new first-year experience, centering on the concept of vocation.
  • Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values Award, Augustana University (2013-2016). Three-year appointment to “provide leadership to the campus in the areas of ethics and moral values by challenging faculty and students alike to confront value questions in our society, in our campus community, and in our individual private lives.”
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award (2010 - 2011).
  • Augustana Research and Artists Fund (ARAF) Grant (2009).
  • Augustana Research and Artists Fund (ARAF) Grant (2006).
  • Travel Grant, International Studies Committee, Augustana College (2006).
  • Bush Foundation Faculty Development Grant (2005).
  • Augustana Research and Artists Fund (ARAF) Grant (2005).
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2004).
  • Core Fellowship, Harvard University (2002 - 2003).
  • Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (on five occasions, 1998 - 2002).
  • Teaching Fellowship, Harvard University (1998 - 2002).
  • Program on Constitutional Government Grant, Harvard University (1997).
  • Fellowship, Harvard University (1996 - 1998).