Prof Timothy R Johnson

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trj@umn.edu
612-625-2907

Political Science
1433 Social Science Building

267 19th Ave S

I am Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science and law, past co-editor of the Law and Society Review, and a nationally recognized expert on U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments and decision making. I am the co-author of Oral Arguments and Coalition Formation on the U.S. Supreme Court, co-editor of A Good Quarrel, and author of Oral Arguments and Decision Making on the U.S. Supreme Court. My research appears in a variety of academic journals including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Law and Society Review, Political Analysis, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, University of Illinois Law Review, and University of Minnesota Law Review. In addition, my research and commentary have been covered by The Economist, The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, MPR, C-SPAN, Slate, USA Today, ABC, CNN, and The National Journal. I have also won college level and university wide awards for teaching and advising.

Educational Background & Specialties

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • 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
Courses Taught
  • Pol 1001 - American Democracy in a Changing World
  • Pol 4309 - Justice in America
  • POL 4310 - Criminal Rights
  • Pol 4501 - Constitutional Law
  • Pol 4502 - Civil Liberties
  • POL 4310 - Film and Politics
  • POL 8301 - American Politics
  • POL 8314 - Judicial Process
  • POL 8060 - Seminar on Law and Society Review
  • POL 8360 - American Politics Pro Seminar
  • Pol 8360 - Seminar in American Politics: The Supreme Court
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Chair: Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association , September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017
  • Co-Editor: Law and Society Review , January 1, 2013 - January 31, 2016
  • Co-Editor: Law & Politics Network, Social Science Research Network. , 2007 - Present
  • Editorial Board: American Politics Research , 2008 - 2016
  • Editorial Board: Justice System Journal , 2010 - 2015
  • Executive Committee: Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association , 2007 - 2009
  • Executive Board: Minnesota Political Science Association , 2003 - 2007

Research

  • “The View from Behind the Curtain: Establishing a Database of Supreme Court Conference Note Transcriptions”: National Science Foundation Funded Grant, January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018
  • 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
Publications
  • Black, Ryan C., Rachel Schutte, and Timothy R. Johnson. 2013. “Trying to Get What You Want: Heresthetical Maneuvering and U.S. Supreme Court Decision Making.” Political Research Quarterly. Vol. 66, #4 (December): 819-830.
  • Black, Ryan C., Timothy R. Johnson, and Justin Wedeking. 2012. Oral Arguments and Coalition Formation on the U.S. Supreme Court: A Deliberate Dialogue. 978-0-472-11846-5. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 141 pages.
  • Black, Ryan C. Sarah A. Treul, Timothy R. Johnson, and Jerry Goldman. 2011. “Emotions, Oral Arguments, and Supreme Court Decision Making.” Journal of Politics. Vol. 73, #2 (April): 572-581. Replication Data
  • Johnson, Timothy R. Johnson and Jerry Goldman eds. 2009. A Good Quarrel: America's Top Legal Reporters Share Stories from Inside the Supreme Court. 978-0-472-03326-3. University of Michigan Press. 216 pages.
  • Fowler, James, Timothy R. Johnson, James F. Spriggs, Sangick Jeon, and Paul J. Wahlbeck. 2007. “Network Analysis and the Law: Measuring the Legal Importance of Supreme Court Precedents.“Political Analysis . Vol. 15, #3 (Summer): 324-346.
  • Johnson, Timothy R., Paul J. Wahlbeck, and James F. Spriggs.  2006. “The Evaluation of Oral Argumentation before the U.S. Supreme Court.”  American Political Science Review. Vol. 100, #1 (February): 99-113.
  • Johnson, Timothy R.  2004.  OralArguments and Decision Making on the United States Supreme Court.  ISBN: 0-7914-6103-3.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press.  180 pages.
  • Johnson, Timothy R. and Jason Roberts.  2004.  “Presidential Capital and the Supreme Court Confirmation Process.”  Journal of Politics.  Vol. 66, #3 (August): 663-683.
  • Johnson, Timothy R., Andrew D. Martin.  1998.  “The Public’s Conditional Response to Supreme Court Decisions.”  American Political Science Review.  Vol. 92, #2 (June): 229-309.
  • Epstein, Lee, Jeffrey Segal, and Timothy R. Johnson.  1996.  “The Claim of Issue Creation on the U.S. Supreme Court.”  American Political Science Review. Vol. 90, #4 (December): 845-852.
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  • Johnson, Timothy R. James F. Spriggs II, and Paul J. Wahlbeck. 2012. “The Politics of Precedent in the U.S. Supreme Court.” In, Kevin McGuire (editor) New Directions In Judicial Politics. New York: Routledge. Peer Reviewed
  • Ringsmuth, Eve M., Amanda C. Bryan, and Timothy R. Johnson. 2013. “Voting Fluidity and Oral Argument on the U.S.Supreme Court.” Political Research Quarterly. Vol. 66, #2 (June): 429-440.
  • Ringsmuth, Eve M. and Timothy R. Johnson. 2013. “Supreme Court Oral Arguments and Institutional Maintenance.” American Politics Research. Vol. 41, #4 (July): 651-673
  • Black, Ryan C., Maron W. Sorenson, and Timothy R. Johnson. 2013. “Towards an Actor Based Measure of Supreme Court Salience: Information Seeking and Engagement During Oral Arguments.” Political Research Quarterly. Vol. 66, #4 (December): 804-818.
  • Black, Ryan C., Rachel Schutte, and Timothy R. Johnson. 2013. “Trying to Get What You Want:Heresthetical Maneuvering and U.S. Supreme Court Decision Making.” Political Research Quarterly. Vol. 66, #4 (December): 819-830.
  • Johnson, Timothy R and Maron W. Sorenson. 2014. “Supreme Court Oral Arguments as a Measure of Personal Salience.” Law and Courts Newsletter. Vol. 24, #2 (Summer): 12-14.
  • Johnson, Timothy R. and Charles Gregory. 2016. “The Chief Justice and Oral Arguments.” In, Artemus Ward and David Danelski (editors), The Chief Justice: Appointment and Influence. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Peer Reviewed.
  • Sorenson, Maron and Timothy R. Johnson. 2016. “Supreme Court Decision Making in Comparative Perspective.” In Ralf Rogowski (editor) Constitutional Courts in Comparison: The U.S. Supreme Court and the German Federal Constitutional Court. New York: Berghahn Publishers.
  • Bryan, Amanda C., Charles Gregory, and Timothy R. Johnson. Forthcoming 2016. “Deference to the Solicitor General: Questioning Traits of Supreme Court Justices during Oral Arguments.” Loyola University of Chicago Law Review.
  • Pryor, Tom and Timothy R. Johnson. Forthcoming 2017. “Supreme Court Oral Arguments in Perspective.” In Robert Howard and Kirk Randazzo (editors) Routledge Handbook of Judicial Politics. New York: Routledge.
  • Johnson, Timothy R. Under Contract. “The Roberts Court and Oral Arguments: Has the Court Really Become More Collegial?” Washington University Journal of Law and Policy.
Awards
  • President's Distinguished Faculty Mentor Program, 2012 - 2013
  • John Tate Advising Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, University of Minnesota, 2012
  • Teammate of the Month, Department of Athletics, University of Minnesota, May, 2012
  • President's Award for Outstanding Service, University of Minnesota, 2011 - 2012
  • President's Distinguished Faculty Mentor Program, 2010 - 2011
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Award (given annually for the best paper presented at the previous year’s meetings of the Southern Political Science Association meetings). , 2009
  • Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2008
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, 2007
  • The American Judicature Society Award (given annually for the best paper on law and courts presented at the previous year’s meetings of the American, Midwest, Southern, Southwestern, or Western Political Sciences Associations). , 2002