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Andrew Johnson - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Andrew Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Andrew Johnson is a political theorist, with a particular focus on the history of police institutions and contemporary social movements seeking to diminish their political power. He obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara. Before teaching at Loyola Marymount University, he was a Visiting Fellow at Philipps-Universität Marburg and a Visiting Lecturer at Seattle University.

Andrew is in the process of adapting his dissertation research into a book, entitled Theses on the History of Police. 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 complexity can benefit social movements by challenging received wisdom and transforming common sense beliefs.

Education (4)

University of California, Santa Barbara: M.A., Political Science 2018

University of Maine: B.A., Philosophy 2008

University of California, Santa Barbara: Ph.D., Political Science 2022

Louisiana State University: M.A, Philosophy 2010

Articles (5)

"Bureaucrats with Guns, Or How We Can Abolish the Police if We Just Stop Believing in Them"

Anthropological Notebooks, Vol. 27. No.3


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"Ur-Fascism and Neo-Fascism"

The Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development Vol. 5. No. 1.


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"Twilight of the Humans: Nietzsche, Dismal Politics, and the Coming Planetary Apocalypse"

The Agonist: A Nietzsche Circle Journal Vol 7. No 2.


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"Foucault: Critical Theory of the Police in a Neoliberal Age"

Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory Issue 141. Vol 61. No 4.


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"On Honesty and Deceit: An Interpretation of Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition."

Philosophy Study Vol. 2. No. 5.

May 2012

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