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- The Judicial Process
Charles A. Johnson is a professor (Emeritus)of political science at Texas A&M University, and also Dean (Emeritus) of the College of Liberal Arts. He previously served as Senior Associate Vice President for Research (2009-2013), Dean of Liberal Arts (2001-2009), Department Head of Political Science (1992-2001), and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts (1987-1992). Dr. Johnson joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1978 and was promoted to professor in 1986. Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M, he was on the faculty for two years at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Johnson has authored, co-authored, or edited four books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Johnson led judicial scholars in organizing the Law, Courts, and Judicial Process Section of the American Political Science Association, served as the section’s first chair, and edited its newsletter for four years. He served as an elected representative on executive committees of the Southern and Southwestern Political Science Associations. Dr. Johnson has also chaired the APSA Education and Professional Development Committee.
Dr. Johnson received an International Education Administrators Fulbright award to Japan in 2006, and was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist in 2007 and a Fulbright Ambassador in 2010. He has given presentations at professional meetings on international connections and higher education.
Dr. Johnson is currently engaged in a research project on U.S. Inspectors General. Two recent reports from this project are:
- “U.S. Offices of Inspector General: A Contemporary Overview,” a working paper based on a 2014 presentation at the Nordic Political Science Association Workshops, August 12-15, 2014, which is available for download here.
- “Balancing Independence and Positive Engagement: How Inspectors General Work with Agencies and Congress,” (2015) (with Kathryn Newcomer and Angela Allison) which is available for download here.
- Independent Counsel: The Law and Investigations (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2001) (coauthored with Danette Brickman)
- Judicial Policies: Implementation and Impact, 2nd ed. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 1998) (co-authored with B. Canon)
- American Courts: A Critical Assessment (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 1991, (co-edited with John Gates)
- Judicial Policies: Implementation and Impact (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 1984). (coauthored with B. Canon)