Kimberley Johnson

Associate Professor of Political Science and
Director of the Urban Studies Program

Term Fellow, Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University


American Government & Politics

Kimberley S. Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science, joined the Barnard faculty in January 2000. Her research focuses on the intersections between American political development, federalism and intergovernmental relations, race and ethnic politics, bureaucracy and public policy. She is the author of Reforming Jim Crow: Southern Politics and State in the Pre-Brown South (Oxford, 2010) and of Governing the American State: Congress and the New Federalism 1877-1929 (Princeton, 2006).

At Barnard, Professor Johnson teaches such courses as "American Political Development," "Dynamics of American Politics," "Legislative Process," and "Contemporary Urban Problems." In addition to her teaching duties for the Department of Political Science, she is co-director, with Professor Flora Davidson, of the Urban Studies Program.

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.

Professor Johnson serves as the Faculty Director for the Guggenheim Summer Internships in Criminal Justice/Crime Prevention at Barnard College.

Recent Publications

“Racial Orders, Congress, and the Agricultural Welfare State, 1865-1965”
Studies in American Political Development. Fall 2011.
“Political Hair: Occupational Licensing and the Regulation of Race and Gender Identity.”
Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. Fall 2011.


Reforming Jim Crow: Southern Politics and Society in the Pre-Brown Era
(Oxford University Press, 2010)

Governing the American State: Congress and the New Federalism, 1877-1929
Princeton Studies in American Politics series (Princeton University Press, 2006).

“Jim Crow Reform and the Democratization of the South,” Race and American Political Development, J. Lowndes, J. Novkov and D.
Warren, eds. (New York: Routledge, June 2008). 

"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 Vol. 594 (July 2004). 

"Modernity, Public Administration and the Disappearance of the American States: A Necessary Development?" Administration and Society Vol. 35, No. 2 (Spring 2003). 

“Hurricane Katrina, Racial Federalism and the American State: a Tale Foretold?”, The Federal Nation: Perspectives on American Federalism, I. W. Morgan and P. J. Davies eds. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, under contract).

American politics
American political development

Urban and local politics

Race and Ethnic Politics

Federalism and intergovernmental relations
Bureaucracy and Public Administration

POLS BC 1001 Dynamics of American Politics
(Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.)

POLS W 1201 Introduction to American Politics
(Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.)

POLS BC 3200 American Political Development 1789-1980
(Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.)

POLS BC 3210 Power, Politics, Policymaking

POLS V 3230 The Political Economy of Regionalism in the U.S.

POLS BC 3303 Colloquium on Race, Gender, and American Political Development
(Cross-listed by the American Studies and Women's Studies Programs.)

POLS BC 3327 Colloquium on Content of American Politics

URBS V 3546 Urban Studies Junior Colloquium on Contemporary Urban Problems

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


Tel  212.854.8522
Fax 212.854.3024

Spring 2015:

Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.

405 Lehman Hall


BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University

Urban Studies Program

Guggenheim Internships










Reforming Jim Crow




Governing the American State