Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies Program;
Tow Distinguished Professorship for Scholarship and Practitioners
American Government & Politics
Kimberley S. Johnson is Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies; and Tow Distinguished Professorship for Scholarship and Practitioners. Professor Johnson’s research focuses on the intersections between urban politics and policy, federalism and intergovernmental relations, race and ethnic politics, bureaucracy and public policy.
Kimberley is currently working on a new book - Chocolate City: Oakland, Newark, and the Future of Metropolitan America. The book explores changing demographic shifts in inner cities and traces the impact of these shifts on local and national politics.
Professor Johnson teaches such courses as Theories of American Political Development; Power, Politics and Policy; Metropolitics of Race and Place; Introduction to Urban Studies; Politics of Race, Crime and Criminal Justice Policy
Professor Johnson is the author most recently of “Black Suburbanization: American Dream or the New Banlieue?” The Cities Papers, Social Science Research Council, July 2014 http://citiespapers.ssrc.org/black-suburbanization-american-dream-or-the...
Past publications include Reforming Jim Crow: Southern Politics and State in the Pre-Brown South (Oxford, 2010) and Governing the American State: Congress and the New Federalism 1877-1929 (Princeton, 2006).
Professor Johnson's research and scholarship have been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Political Science Association, Columbia University's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the New York State Archives, and the Ford Foundation.
- Black Suburbanization: American Dream or the New Banlieue?” The Cities Papers, Social Science Research Council, July 2014 http://citiespapers.ssrc.org/black-suburbanization-american-dream-or-the...
- Reforming Jim Crow: Southern Politics and State in the Pre-Brown South (Oxford, 2010)
- Governing the American State: Congress and the New Federalism 1877-1929 (Princeton, 2006).
- “Racial Orders, Congress, and the Agricultural Welfare State, 1865-1965” Studies in American Political Development (October 2011). 25: 143-161.
- “Political Hair: Occupational Licensing and the Regulation of Race and Gender Identity.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 8 (2011): 417-440.
- “Community Development Organizations, Participation and Accountability: The Harlem Urban Development Corporation and the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.” Annals: Journal of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Race and Community Development Issue, July 2004 (Vol. 594: 109-124).
American political development
Urban and local politics
Race and Ethnic Politics
Federalism and intergovernmental relations
Bureaucracy and Public Administration
Introduction to Urban Studies
Politics, Crime and Punishment
Metropolitics of Race and Place
Introduction to American Politics
Race, Gender and American Political Development
American Political Development
Dynamics of American Politics
Power, Politics and Policymaking
Political Economy of Regionalism in the U.S.
Urban Studies Junior Colloquium, Contemporary Urban Problems
Graduate courses taught at Columbia University:
Theories of American Political Development
Politics of Race, Crime and Criminal Justice Policy
Awards & Honors:
National Endowment for the Humanities
American Political Science Association
Columbia University Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
New York State Archives
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Ford Foundation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
Mapping African American Social Capital in the Jim Crow South: A Preliminary GIS Analysis
Social Science History Association Meeting, November 2011