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

Fanning the Flames of America’s Racial Tensions Is As Russian As Vodka and Blini

Ted Johnson wrote for Slate/Future Tense on Russia’s use of racial tensions to try and influence the 2016 election.

America Is Losing the Real Meaning of Black History Month

Ted Johnson wrote for Time on how Black History Month’s foundation as a political act is being lost:

I’m a Black Veteran. Why Is Trump Making Me Feel Unpatriotic?

Ted Johnson wrote for Politico on what it means to be a black veteran in a political climate where patriotism is racialized.

Patriotism in the Trump era

Ted Johnson appeared on KCRW Los Angeles for NPR's new series "One Year Later" to talk about race and patriotism in the Trump era.

The Paradox of Black Patriotism

Ted Johnson joined Slate's "The Gist" podcast to talk about peaceful protests and race.

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.