Andrew Johnson



Political Theory, American Politics, International Relations


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara (Political Science), 2022
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (Political Science), 2018
M.A., Louisiana State University (Philosophy), 2010
B.A., University of Maine (Philosophy), 2008


Andrew Johnson obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2022. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University, where he is teaching courses in political theory and policing. His major field is Political Theory and secondary fields are International Relations and American Politics. He has an interdisciplinary doctoral emphasis in Global Studies and has taught for the Black Studies and Sociology departments.

Dissertation Title: On the Uses and Abuses of History for Politics

Here, he explores the historical narratives surrounding the formation and development of police institutions. Simple narratives and activist slogans are employed by conservatives, liberals, and abolitionists alike. He argues that historical and theoretical complexity can benefit social movements by challenging received wisdom and transforming common sense beliefs.

Chair: Kevin Anderson
Committee: Paige E. Digeser, William I. Robinson, and George Lipsitz


"Bureaucrats with Guns, Or How We Can Abolish the Police if We Just Stop Believing in Them"
Anthropological Notebooks
Vol. 27. No. 3. 2021.

"Ur-Fascism and Neo-Fascism"
The Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development
Vol. 5. No. 1. 2019.  

"Twilight of the Humans: Nietzsche, Dismal Politics, and the Coming Planetary Apocalypse"
The Agonist: A Nietzsche Circle Journal. 
Vol 7. No 2. 2019.

"Foucault: Critical Theory of the Police in a Neoliberal Age"
Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory
Issue 141. Vol 61. No 4. December 2014.

"On Honesty and Deceit: An Interpretation of Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition."
Philosophy Study
Vol. 2. No. 5. May 2012.

Viral Politics: Jacques Derrida’s reading of Auto-Immunity and the political philosophy of Carl Schmitt.
LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. Berlin, Germany. 2010.

"The End of Art or the Origin of New Art? A Heideggerian Historization of the New York City Graffiti movement."
Dialectic: The University of New Hampshire’s Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy
Vol VII, Spring 2007.