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Department of Political Science

Laurie M. Johnson

Ph.D. Political Science, Northern Illinois University, 1990

Political Philosophy, International Relations, Philosophy and International Relations Theory

Dr. Laurie JohnsonDr. Johnson is a Professor in the Political Science Department at Kansas State University. She was formerly interim director of the MA Program (2004 to 2005). Dr. Johnson has published in numerous scholarly journals such as IO-International Organization, 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, 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 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, and she is co-editor, along with Dan Demetriou (Philosophy, University of Minnesota-Morris) of the book series Honor and Obligation in Liberal Societies for Lexington Books. The inaugural book in that series, Perspectives on Modern Honor, will feature chapters by Demetriou, Steven Forde, Amitai Etzioni, Sharon Krause, Richard Ned Lebow, Steven Skultety, Mark Griffith and others will be edited and annotated by Drs. Johnson and Demetriou.
Dr. Johnson was 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 a variety of political thought courses, including Introduction to Political Thought, ancient and modern political thought, as well as the graduate seminar in political thought.