Laurie M. Johnson
Ph.D. Political Science, Northern Illinois University, 1990
Political Philosophy, International Relations, Philosophy and International Relations Theory
Dr. Johnson is a Professor in the Political Science Department at Kansas State University. She was formerly the Director of the MA Program (2004 to 2005). Dr. Johnson has published in numerous scholarly journals such as the Journal of Political Science Education, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Management Decision, Ethics and International Affairs, Carnegie Council's Ethics and International Affairs Newsletter, Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, Security Studies, The Psychohistory Review, History of European Ideas, International Organization, The Political Science Reviewer, and Vera Lex.
She has also published books entitled Thucydides, Hobbes, and the Interpretation of Realism (1993), Political Thought: A Guide to the
Classics (2002), Philosophy Reader's Guide: Hobbes's Leviathan (2005), Thomas Hobbes: Turning Point for Honor (2009), and Locke, Rousseau and the Enlightenment's Answer to Honor (2012). She is currently working on another book entitled Honor In America? Tocqueville on American Enlightenment.
Dr. Johnson has been the Chair of the Steering Committee for proposing a Certificate in the Study of Arts and Sciences through Primary Texts since spring of 2000. She formed the committee which generated the proposal. She has done an extensive outreach to the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and to individual professors interested in participating in the program, which was approved by the Faculty Senate in April 2001. She was then named director of the program in the Fall of 2001.
Dr. Johnson teaches an Introduction to Political Thought Course as well as a Seminar course in Political Thought.