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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

S. Korean's stockholdings in Tesla reach $7.8 billion

South Korean investors have collectively acquired $7.8 billion worth of Tesla stocks at the end of 2020, accounting for 16.6 percent of the entire $47 billion foreign currency-denominated stock holdings of Korean...

Volkswagen faces EU fine for missing 2020 emissions targets

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Hyundai E&C swings to Q4 loss mainly due to currency-related woes

Hyundai Engineering Construction Co. shifted to a net loss of 122 billion won in the fourth quarter of 2020 after posting a net profit of 6.9 billion won in the same period last year, mainly due to the US dollars strength...

S. Korea to deploy ships to cushion exporters from soaring freight rates

South Korea will deploy at least five vessels by the end of February to support exporters facing increasing freight costs amid soaring demand. According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, HMM Co., South...

S. Korea favored by WTO in tariff case against US

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Politics

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Kamala Harris honored by Golden State Warriors in special tribute to VP

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Science

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Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

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Technology

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With just a few months before its official announcement, iOS 15 is now making headlines. However, the recent reports might not please those who are holding on to older iPhone models. iOS 15 compatibility list could be...
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