Theodore R. Johnson is a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. In this role, he explores the interaction between race, political behavior, and policy outcomes that result in socioeconomic disparities, particularly as they relate to criminal justice reform and voting rights. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Johnson was a national fellow at New America, where he undertook projects on African American electoral behavior and racial inequality, and a research manager at Deloitte exploring the use of technology in the criminal justice system.
Johnson is also a retired Commander in the United States Navy. His service included numerous deployments as a signals intelligence officer, as a military professor at the U.S. Naval War College, as a Department of Defense senior cyber operations policy advisor, as speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and selection as a White House Fellow.
Johnson holds a BS in mathematics from Hampton University, an ALM with a concentration in international relations from Harvard University, and a Doctorate of Law and Policy from Northeastern University. His research and writing on politics and racial disparities has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, National Review, and other national and niche publications. He has authored book chapters on electoral behavior and has a forthcoming book on national solidarity.
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