Theodore Johnson

Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow

Theodore Johnson is an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America. He will write a book about black voting behavior in the post-Obama political landscape. He is currently a national security research manager and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. Previously, Johnson was a commander in the United States Navy where he served in a variety of positions including as a White House fellow and speechwriter for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also written extensively on race, politics, and society for publications such as, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, National Review, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Hampton University and Harvard University, and holds a doctorate of law and policy from Northeastern University.

All Work

How American Racism Aids our Adversaries

Theodore Johnson writes for the Washington Post about how American racism aids our adversaries.

Military Omnipresence: A Unifying Concept for America’s 21st-Century Fighting Edge

Theodore Johnson wrote for Defense One on the how the US military executes operational omnipresence.

The GOP’s Long History With Black Colleges

Ted Johnson and Leah Wright Rigueur wrote for Politico about President Trump's meeting with leaders of historically black colleges and unive

Smart City Tech Would Make Military Bases Safer

Ted Johnson wrote an article for Wired about applying smart technologies to military bases.

How Black Writers Can Help White Readers

Ted Johnson wrote for the New Republic about how black writers can help white readers.

Russia Didn’t Hack the U.S. Election. It Hacked the Voters.

‘The Election Ended Wednesday Night’

Theodore Johnson wrote for Politico about the third Presidential debate.

‘The Election Ended Wednesday Night’

Theodore Johnson contributed to Politico in an article about the third presidential debate.

Searching for the Black Trump Supporter

Theodore Johnson wrote for the Atlantic about Trump and his few African American supporters.

Why Are African-Americans Such Loyal Democrats When They Are so Ideologically Diverse?

Theodore Johnson wrote for the Washington Post about African Americans and the Democratic party.

We Are Not Our Vote

Black Americans are more diverse than their ballots, writes Theodore R. Johnson.

As a Black Veteran, I Always Stand for the Flag. But I Understand Why Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t.

Theodore Johnson wrote for Vox about Colin Kaepernick.