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Richard M. Johnson, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Political Science


Office Phone:

(312) 996-5156


Fields of Interest:

American Politics, Democratic Theory & Practice, Politics of Higher Education.

Selected Publications

The Dynamics of Compliance: Supreme Court Decision-Making from a New Prospective, Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1967.

“Political Attitudes of Urban Blacks and Whites: Some Implications for Policy-Makers,” (with Everett Cataldo and Lyman Kellstedt), in American Politics: Research and Readings, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1969, pp. 47-59.

“Democratization, Political Culture and the Role of the University,” in Totalitarianism and the Challenge of Democracy, A.W. Jablonski and W. Piasecki (eds.), Politologia V, (1992), pp. 73-79.

“The Political Dimensions on the Management of Academic Support Services,” Ch. 2 in Information Technology and the University,Beverly Lynch and William Jones (Eds.), Jossey-Bass, 1995.

Professional Leadership

Department Head (1969-72), Department of Political Science, UIC

Department Chair (1987-92), Department of Political Science, UIC

Associate Dean, Acting Dean (1972-74), College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, UIC

Vice Chancellor (1978-86), Academic Affairs, UIC


PhD University of Illinois at Urbana, 1965

Research Currently in Progress

Processes of establishing sustainable democracy in U.S. and in nations undergoing political change.

The role of civic education in establishing democratic processes.

"American Politics Learning System," an approach to introductory American politics, with Gerald Strom.