KC Johnson

Ph.D. Harvard University 1993
M.A. University of Chicago 1989
B.A. Harvard University 1988

journal articles






Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, with Stuart Taylor, Jr., Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, 2007.

Congress and the Cold War, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

co-editor (with Kent Germany), The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, vol. 3, W.W. Norton, 2005.

co-editor (with David Shreve), The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, vol. 2, W.W. Norton, 2005.

20 January 1961: The American Dream, DTV Publishers, 1999. (click DTV and then Katalog)

Ernest Gruening and the American Dissenting Tradition, Harvard University Press, 1998.

The Peace Progressives and American Foreign Relations, Harvard University Press, 1995.

Editor, On Cultural Ground: Essays in International History, Imprint Publications, 1994.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Tapes, volumes 4 and 5, co-editor, forthcoming, W.W. Norton, 2007.

Running from Ahead: Lyndon Johnson and the 1964 Election, submitted, Cambridge University Press.


"Managing the Fall of a Friendly Dictator: The US and Anastasio Somoza's Nicaragua," in Ernest R. May and Philip Zelikow, eds., Dealing with Dictators: Dilemmas of US Diplomacy and Intelligence Analysis, 1945-1990, MIT Press, 2006.

"Politics, Policy, and Presidential Power: Lyndon Johnson and the 1964 Farm Bill," in Mitch Lerner, ed., Looking Back at LBJ: White House Politics in a New Light, University Press of Kansas, 2005.

"The Unexpected Consequences of Congressional Activism: The Clark and Tunney Amendments and U.S. Policy toward Angola," Diplomatic History 27 (2003): 215-243.

"The Progressive Dissent: Ernest Gruening and Vietnam," in Randall Bennett Woods, ed, Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 36-62.

"Congressional Power," in Deconde, Burns, and Logevall, eds., Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy, 2d ed., Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002, pp. 293-313.

"The Politicization of Cultural Diplomacy," in Frank Ninkovich and Liping Bu, eds., The Cultural Turn, Imprint Publications, 2002, pp. 88-110.

"The State Department," Oxford Companion to American History, Oxford University Press, 2001.

"Congress and the Cold War," Journal of Cold War Studies 3 (2001): 77-101.

"Constitutionalism at Home and Abroad: The United States Senate and the Alliance for Progress, 1961-1967," International History Review 21 (1999): 414-442.

"Congress Confronts the Cold War: The Senate Government Operations Committee and American Foreign Relations, 1953-1969," Political Science Quarterly 113 (1998): 645-671.

"Anti-Imperialism and the Good Neighbour Policy," Journal of Latin American Studies 29 (1997): 89-110.

"The Origins of Dissent: Senate Liberals and Southeast Asia, 1959-1964," Pacific Historical Review 65 (1996): 249-275.

"The ‘Lessons’ of Vietnam," Journal of American-East Asian Relations 4 (1995): 291-298.

"Article XI in the Debate on the United States’ Rejection of the League of Nations," International History Review 15 (August 1993): 502-524.

"Ernest Gruening and the Tonkin Gulf Resolution: Continuities in American Dissent," Journal of American-East Asian Relations 2 (Summer 1993): 111-135.

"The Transformation of Pan-Americanism," in On Cultural Ground, pp. 173-196.

"Intellectual Diversity and the Historical Profession," Historically Speaking (forthcoming).

"The Perils of Transnational History," Historically Speaking (forthcoming).

Teaching Experience

Professor, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, unanimous vote of CUNY Board of Trustees, 2/24/2003-present. From 1999 through 2/24/2003 I was an associate professor at Brooklyn College and (from 9/2001) at the CUNY Graduate Center.

In spring 2005, I was visiting professor at Harvard University. I also have been an assistant professor at Williams College (1995-1999) and Arizona State University (1994-1995) and a lecturer (1993-1994) at Harvard.

Courses taught:

      Brooklyn College (undergraduate)

US since 1950


US, 1914-1950


U.S. and the Middle East


Children, Public Policy, and the Law


Grand Strategy, co-taught with Prof. Steven Remy


The CIA and American Democracy


US and the Middle East


US Constitutional History


US Foreign Relations


Inter-American Relations


United States and the Western Hemisphere


Core 2.2

bullet Core Studies 4: Shaping of the Modern World

      Brooklyn College (M.A.)


US Constitutional History


U.S. Foreign Relations


20th Century U.S.


American Political Parties


The American Presidency


Modern America


Research Seminar (705)


History 700: Introduction to the Study of History

      CUNY Graduate Center


US and the World since 1890


Literature of American History
bullet History 70202: Literature of US History, II (2002)

      Harvard University (spring 2005)


US Constitutional History


Inter-American Relations: Conference Course


Sophomore Tutorial: International History

      Columbia University (spring 2002, fill-in course)

bullet History W4698: 20th Century US Foreign Relations

      Williams College

      US since 1865
US in the 1960s
US Foreign Relations (two parts)
Inter-American Relations
Woodrow Wilson and Wilsonianism
20th Century American Politics
US and International Revolutions
US Congress
The Cold War

Arizona State University

Inter-American Relations
20th Century Historiography
US foreign relations (two parts)

Harvard University (1993-1994)

      US Congress
Inter-American Relations


Scholarly Papers and Invited Presentations

  • "Mission and American Foreign Policy," NYU Fulbright Summer Institute, 2007.

  • "The Academy and the Duke Lacrosse Case," FIRE Interns' Seminar, 2007.

  • "Congress, Vietnam, and the Moyar Thesis," The New Vietnam War Revisionism: Implications and Lessons Conference, Williams College, 2007.

  • "Congress and the Cold War," American Society for Legal History, 2006.

  • "Prosecutorial Misconduct and the Duke Lacrosse Case," ACLU@DUKE Forum, 2006.

  • "Midterm Elections in Historical Perspective," HISTORYCENTER, History Channel, 2006.

  • "Five Events that Made the Modern Middle East," HISTORYCENTER, History Channel, 2006.

  • "World War I," HISTORYCENTER, History Channel, 2006.

  • "Presidents and Personal Relationships," HISTORYCENTER, History Channel, 2006.

  • "Congress and the Cold War: book launch," Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, 2005.

  • "Congress and the Cold War, 1947-1987," Harvard University, International History Seminar, 2005.

  • "Internal Threats to Academic Freedom," Wolfe Institute Seminar, Brooklyn College, 2005.

  • "PC No More: The Intellectual Diversity Movement in the Academy," ATHENA Roundtable, 2005.

  • "On Lyndon B. Johnson: The LBJ Tapes," 92nd Street Y, New York, 2005.

  • "Dispositions and Ideological Bias in Teacher-Training Programs," New York Association of Scholars, 2005.

  • "The Presidential Recordings: Harry Middleton in Conversation with the Miller Center LBJ Tapes Team," LBJ Presidential Library, 2005.

  • Chair, "Columbia's MEALAC Crisis," New York Association of Scholars, 2005.

  • "The Triumph of the Armed Services Committee," School of Public Affairs seminar, Baruch College, 2004.

  • "George W. Bush and Institutional Trends in the Presidency," U.S.-Europe seminar, Baruch College, 2004.

  • Chair, “Doing Justice to the Past,” National Association of Scholars conference, 2004.

  • “Personnel Practices as an Institution Embraces a ‘Learning Communities’ Philosophy—The Brooklyn College Experience,” National Association of Scholars conference, 2004.

  • “Lyndon Johnson and American Politics,” Leon Goldstein Memorial Lecture, Kingsborough Community College, 2004.

  • "Confronting Anti-Semitism on Contemporary College Campuses," Brooklyn College Faculty Day, 2004.

  • “U.S. Foreign Policy in Greece and Cyprus since World War II,” Stathakion Cultural Center, Queens, New York, 2004.

  • “Lyndon Johnson and the 1964 Presidential Election,” Columbia Club, New York City, 2004.

  • “Intellectual Diversity in the Teaching of U.S. History,” ATHENA Roundtable, 2003.

  • Intellectual Diversity and the Teaching of U.S. History,” U.S. Senate, Education and Labor Committee, Hearings, Is Intellectual Diversity an Endangered Species on Today’s College Campuses?, 2003.

  • “Anti-Israel Sentiment on College Campuses,” Brooklyn College Hillel, 2003.

  • “Lyndon Johnson and the 1964 Presidential Election,” History Matters, CUNY Graduate Center, 2003.

  • “Politics, Foreign Policy, and the 1964 Presidential Election,” 2002 SHAFR Conference.

  • “The Worlds of Henry Cabot Lodge,” Columbia University Seminar on the 20th Century United States, 2002.

  • “The Historical Background of 9/11,” Brooklyn College Faculty Day, 2002.

  • Commentator, “Internationalism and Isolationism,” 2001 SHAFR Conference.

  • “Pearl Harbor and the American Historical Memory,” Brooklyn College IRPE Program, 2001.

  • “Lyndon Johnson and the World,” St. John’s University, 2001.

  • Commentator, “Social History and New York Liberalism in the 1950s,” Lehman Center Conference on 1950s Liberalism, 2001.

  • “The 2000 Election,” Wolfe Center, Brooklyn College, 2000.

  • “Henry Cabot Lodge and Democratic Foreign Policy,” 2000 SHAFR Conference.

  • “The 1964 Elections,” Lehman Center seminar, Columbia University, 2000.

  • “The Transformation of Stuart Symington,” Columbia University Seminar on History of Political and Legal Thought, 2000.

  • “Institutional and Partisan Rivalry: Inter-American Relations in the 1850s,” 1999 SHAFR Conference.

  • “The Clark Amendment and U.S. Policy toward Angola,” 1999 OAH Conference.

  • “Ernest R. May and the Foreign Policy of a Democracy,” Harvard University,” 1998.

  • “Congress and the Alliance for Progress,” 1998 SHAFR Conference.

  • “Congress and the Foreign Aid Program in the 1970s,” Conference on the Carter Presidency, Carter Library, 1997.

  • Commentator, “Cultural Relations and Postwar U.S. Foreign Policy,” 1997 AHA Conference.

  • “Subcommittee Government and American Foreign Policy,” 1996 SHAFR Conference.

  • "Congress and the Alliance for Progress," 1996 Oakley Center Seminar, Williams College.

  • “Integrating Congressional History and International History,” 1995 Charles Warren Center Workshop, Harvard University.

  • “Ernest Gruening and the Vietnam War,” Vanderbilt University, 1995.

  • "The Historiography of the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb," 1995 Regional Association of Asian Scholars Conference.

  • "Roundtable, On Cultural Ground," 1995 SHAFR Conference.

  • "The Tonkin Gulf Resolution and Senate Foreign Policy reform," 1994 SHAFR Conference.

  • "Inter-American Visions," 1993 SHAFR Conference.