Dr. Joel A. Johnson
Dr. Joel 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);
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.).
- Ph.D. (Political Science) — Harvard University (2002)
- M.A. (Political Science) — Harvard University (1998)
- B.A. (Political Science & Honors History) — Gustavus Adolphus College (1996)
- Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs, Augustana College (2009 - )
- Fulbright Senior Scholar, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany (2010 - 2011)
- Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs, Augustana College (2003 - 2009)
- Lecturer on Government, Harvard University (2002 - 2003)
- Beyond Practical Virtue: A Defense of Liberal Democracy through Literature. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007.
Literature and the Political Cultures of South Dakota,in Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, ed. Jon Lauck, John E. Miller, and Donald C. Simmons, Jr. Pierre: The South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2011.
Modes of Moral Reasoning in Uncle Tom's Cabin,in Damned If You Do: Dilemmas of Moral Action in Literature and Popular Culture, ed. Margaret S. Hrezo and John M. Parrish. New York: Lexington Books, 2010.
Brutus and Cato Unmasked: General John Williams' Role in the New York Ratification Debate, 1787-1788.Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society (2009).
Grants and Awards
- 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).