University of Minnesota
Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science

Prof Timothy R Johnson

Political Science 1433 Social Science Building 267 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations

University Affiliations

  • Law School


Timothy R. Johnson is Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. Johnson's research and teaching interests include American Politics, judicial politics, Supreme Court decision-making, Supreme Court oral arguments, executive/judiciary relations, and the evolution of the norm of respecting precedent. He has won college level and university wide awards for teaching and advising. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Politics Research, Congress and the Presidency, the Journal of Politics, Law and Society Review, Loyola University Law Review, Marquette Law Review, Political Analysis, Political Research Quarterly, University of Illinois Law Review, University of Minnesota Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. He is also the co-author of Oral Arguments and Coalition Formation on the U.S. Supreme Court: A Deliberate Dialogue (University Michigan Press, 2012, with Ryan C. Black and Justin Wedeking), co-editor of A Good Quarrel (University of Michigan Press, 2009, with Jerry Goldman), the author of Oral Arguments and Decision Making on the U.S. Supreme Court (SUNY Press, 2004) and the co-author of Religious Institutions and Minor Parties in the United States (Praeger Press 1999, with Chris Gilbert, David A.M. Peterson, and Paul Djupe).


  • Supreme Court Oral Arguments
  • Supreme Court Decision Making
  • The Evolution of the Norm of Respecting Precedent in U.S. Courts
  • Executive/Judiciary Relations
  • Judicial Politics
  • American politics

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1998.
  • MA: Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1995.
  • BA: Political Science, Russian Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1993.


Research Activities

  • Collaborative Research: The Establishment of Stare Decisis in the American Legal System: National Science Foundation Funded Research, August 2006 - July 2008
  • ITR SCOTUS: A Resource for Collaborative Research in Speech Technology, Linguistics, Decision Processes, and the Law: National Science Foundation Funded Research, September 2003 - August 2008

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board: American Politics Research , 2008 - 2010
  • Executive Committee: Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association , 2007 - 2009
  • Executive Board: Minnesota Political Science Association , 2003 - 2007
  • College in the Schools Political Science Faculty Coordinator: College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota , 2004


  • Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Best Paper Given at the 2008 Southern Political Science Association Meetings, 2009
  • Horace T. Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2008
  • Motley Exemplary Teaching Award, 2007
  • The American Judicature Society Award, 2002

Courses Taught

  • Pol 1001 - American Democracy in a Changing World
  • Pol 4309 - Justice in America
  • Pol 4501 - Constitutional Law
  • Pol 4502 - Civil Liberties
  • Pol 8360 - Seminar in American Politics: The Supreme Court
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