In a segment about Rep. Charlie Rangel's campaign for re-election, political science professor Kimberley Johnson appears on NPR's Morning Edition. From the transcript:
"ROSE: Rangel has already won one hotly contested primary since news of his ethics problems broke. He then cruised to a general election victory in this reliably Democratic district. But now Rangel faces another challenge: changing demographics. Rangel unseated another African-American - Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. - in a primary election upset in 1970. Back then, Harlem and the rest of the district were overwhelmingly African-American - not anymore, says Kimberly Johnson, who teaches political science at Barnard College.
KIMBERLY JOHNSON: This is probably the first election where we really see the kind of fruition of this almost-two-decade-long transformation of upper Manhattan. It's just a very, very different district."
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Prof. Johnson's research focuses on the intersections between American political development, federalism and intergovernmental relations, race and ethnic politics, bureaucracy and public policy.