Prof Timothy R Johnson

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Timothy R. Johnson (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis 1998) is Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science. A nationally recognized expert on U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments and decision making, he is 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), and author of Oral Arguments and Decision Making on the U.S. Supreme Court (SUNY Press, 2004). His work has also been published in the American Political Science Review, American Politics Research, Congress and the Presidency, 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. Beyond his scholarship, Johnson has 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


  • 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 4501 - Constitutional Law
  • Pol 4502 - Civil Liberties
  • Pol 8360 - Seminar in American Politics: The Supreme Court
Research & Professional Activities

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


  • 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
  • Co-Editor of Law & Society Review, 2013 - 2016
  • 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