KC Johnson

Posted in Uncategorized by KC Johnson on November 11, 2008

I am from Higgins Beach, in Scarborough, Maine, six miles south of Portland. After spending five years as track announcer at Scarborough Downs, I left to study fulltime in graduate school, where my advisor was Akira Iriye. I received my B.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) from Harvard, my M.A. from the University of Chicago (1989). Before coming to CUNY, I taught at Arizona State and Williams; I also have served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at Tel Aviv University.


My spring 2021 courses are:

A full list of my courses is here. A full list of my books, scholarly articles, and presentations is here.


Follow me on twitter here. I previously blogged on the Duke lacrosse case at Durham-in-Wonderland (2006-14); as part of a joint blog of academics at Minding the Campus (2008-2020); and as part of a joint blog of historians (Cliopatria @ History News Network, 2004-11).

Feel free to e-mail me or call me (207-329-8456) with any comments or questions.

American Presidency (Fall 2021)

Posted in Uncategorized by KC Johnson on June 17, 2021

This course will explore the history of the American presidency from George Washington until the present day.


  • Research Paper: 50%
  • Participation: 30%
  • Study Questions/Supplementary Reading: 20%



email: kcjohnson9@gmail.com

cell: 207-329-8456

office hours: via Zoom


Week 1: Introduction

  • Forrest MacDonald, The American Presidency

Week 2: Washington

Week 3: Jefferson

Burns and Dunn, George Washington

Appleby, Jefferson

Week 4: J.Q. Adams

Traub, John Quincy Adams

Week 5: Buchanan

Baker, James Buchanan

Week 6: Lincoln

Donald, Lincoln

Week 7: Reconstruction

Simpson, Reconstruction Presidents

Week 8: Course Paper–Proposal

Week 9: Wilson

Cooper, Woodrow Wilson

Week 10: FDR

Brands, Traitor to His Class

Week 11: LBJ

Dallek, Lyndon Johnson

Week 12: Nixon

Farrell, Nixon

Week 13: Bush I

Naftali, George H.W. Bush

Week 14: Presidency in the Contemporary Era