KC Johnson



2003-present     Professor of History, Brooklyn College & CUNY Graduate Center

2007-2008         Fulbright Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Tel Aviv University

2005                    Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University

1999-2002         Associate Professor of History, Brooklyn College

1995-1999          Assistant Professor of History, Williams College

1994-1995          Assistant Professor of History, Arizona State University

1993-1994          Lecturer, Harvard University

Ph.D.                   Harvard University, 1993.

M.A.                    University of Chicago, 1989.

B.A.                     Harvard University, 1988.


The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities, with Stuart Taylor, Jr., Encounter, 2017.

Editor, Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014.

“All the Way with LBJ”: The 1964 Presidential Election, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, with Stuart Taylor, Jr., Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s, 2007; revised & extended 2nd edition, 2008; revised & extended 3rd edition (Gryphon Books), 2014.

co-editor, The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, vol. 5, W.W. Norton, 2007.

co-editor, The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, vol. 4, W.W. Norton, 2007.

Congress and the Cold War, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

co-editor (with Kent Germany), The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, vol. 3, W.W. Norton, 2005.

co-editor (with David Shreve), The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, vol. 2, W.W. Norton, 2005.

20 January 1961: The American Dream, DTV Publishers, 1999.

Ernest Gruening and the American Dissenting Tradition, Harvard University Press, 1998.

The Peace Progressives and American Foreign Relations, Harvard University Press, 1995.

Editor, On Cultural Ground: Essays in International History, Imprint Publications, 1994.


Lyndon Johnson and Israel: The Secret Presidential Recordings (S. Daniel Abraham Center, Research Paper Series, 2008); audio clips can be listened to here.


“Political Culture and the Legacies of Antisemitism: The Heller-Campbell Congressional Race in South Carolina, 1978,” American Jewish History 105 (2021), pp. 49-76.

“Campus Courts in Court” (with Samantha Harris), NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy 22 (2019), pp. 49-127.

“A ‘Less Pleasant’ Election: Bob Michel in the 1982 Midterms,” in Frank Mackaman and Sean Kelly, eds., Robert H. Michel, University of Kansas Press, 2019, chapter 12.

The Student Right to Counsel,” (with Mike Adams), The Federalist Society Review 19 (2018), pp. 42-49.

“Conclusions,” in Andrew Johnstone and Andrew Priest, US Presidential Elections and Foreign Policy: Candidates, Campaigns, and Global Politics from FDR to Bill Clinton, University Press of Kentucky, 2017.

“The Title IX Training Travesty,” (with Stuart Taylor, Jr.), Weekly Standard, 10 Nov. 2017.

“The Campus Sex-Crime Tribunals Are Losing,” Commentary, 2017.

“How American College Campuses Have Become Anti–Due Process,” Backgrounder on Legal Issues, Heritage Foundation (August 2016).

“Lyndon B. Johnson and the Fortas Nomination,” Journal of Supreme Court History 47 (January 2016).

“Alaska, Hawai’i, and the United States as a Pacific Nation,” in Johnson, ed, Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization, Palgrave/MacMillan, 2014.

“Congress,” in Marc Selverstone, ed., A Companion to John F. Kennedy, Wiley, 2014.

“Obama and a Second-Term Foreign Policy,” Passport, April 2013.

“Bring the Constitution Back In,” Academic Questions 25 (Summer 2012).

“LBJ and the Constitution,” in Mitchell Lerner, ed., A Companion to Lyndon B. Johnson, Wiley, 2012.

“Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy before 9/11,” in David Aursweld and Colton Campbell, eds., Congress and the Politics of National Security, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

“Truman, Anti-Communism, and Congress,” in Donald Ritchie, ed., Congress and Harry S. Truman: A Conflicted Legacy, Truman State University Press, 2011.

“The Reagan-Bush Administrations and the Middle East: Institutional and Bureaucratic Rivalries,” in Uzi Rabi, ed., International Intervention in Local Conflicts: Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution since the Cold War, I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2010.

“The Perils of Academic Groupthink,” in Howard Wasserman, ed., Institutional Failures: Duke Lacrosse, Universities, the News Media, and the Legal System, Ashgate, 2010.

“Vietnam’s Second Front,” roundtable, H-DIPLO.

“Did Nixon Commit Treason in 1968? What the New LBJ Tapes Reveal,” History News Network.

“The Duke Lacrosse Case and the Blogosphere,” Law and Contemporary Problems 71 (2008): 155-170.

“Managing the Fall of a Friendly Dictator: The US and Anastasio Somoza’s Nicaragua,” in Ernest R. May and Philip Zelikow, eds., Dealing with Dictators: Dilemmas of US Diplomacy and Intelligence Analysis, 1945-1990, MIT Press, 2006.

“Politics, Policy, and Presidential Power: Lyndon Johnson and the 1964 Farm Bill,” in Mitch Lerner, ed., Looking Back at LBJ: White House Politics in a New Light, University Press of Kansas, 2005.

“Confronting Anti-Israel Attitudes on Contemporary College Campuses,” Midstream 50 (2004), pp. 11-15.

“The Unexpected Consequences of Congressional Activism: The Clark and Tunney Amendments and U.S. Policy toward Angola,” Diplomatic History 27 (2003): 215-243.

“The Progressive Dissent: Ernest Gruening and Vietnam,” in Randall Bennett Woods, ed, Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 36-62.

“Congressional Power,” in Deconde, Burns, and Logevall, eds., Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy, 2d ed., Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002, pp. 293-313.

“The Politicization of Cultural Diplomacy,” in Frank Ninkovich and Liping Bu, eds., The Cultural Turn, Imprint Publications, 2002, pp. 88-110.

“The State Department,” Oxford Companion to American History, Oxford University Press, 2001.

“Congress and the Cold War,” Journal of Cold War Studies 3 (2001): 77-101.

“Constitutionalism at Home and Abroad: The United States Senate and the Alliance for Progress, 1961-1967,” International History Review 21 (1999): 414-442.

“Congress Confronts the Cold War: The Senate Government Operations Committee and American Foreign Relations, 1953-1969,” Political Science Quarterly 113 (1998): 645-671.

“Anti-Imperialism and the Good Neighbour Policy,” Journal of Latin American Studies 29 (1997): 89-110.

“The Origins of Dissent: Senate Liberals and Southeast Asia, 1959-1964,” Pacific Historical Review 65 (1996): 249-275.

“The ‘Lessons’ of Vietnam,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations 4 (1995): 291-298.

“Article XI in the Debate on the United States’ Rejection of the League of Nations,” International History Review 15 (August 1993): 502-524.

“Ernest Gruening and the Tonkin Gulf Resolution: Continuities in American Dissent,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations 2 (Summer 1993): 111-135.

“The Transformation of Pan-Americanism,” in On Cultural Ground, pp. 173-196.


“Presidential Transitions and the U.S.-Israeli Relationship,” Stephen F. Wise Free Synagogue, 2021.

“The 2020 Title IX Final Rule “First Look” Review and Analysis,” University EEO, Webinar, 2020.

“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Title IX,” NAS Virtual Seminar, 2020.

“Due Process on Campus: What’s Next?,” with Samantha Harris, Legal Insurrection Foundation.

“Capitol Hill Views Jerusalem,” Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 2020.

“Forthcoming Education Department Rules Governing Title IX Campus Proceedings on Allegations of Sexual Assault and Harassment,” Federalist Society Teleforum, 2020.

“Campus Courts in Court, in Year of the Eighth Circuit,” Federalist Society of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas Law School, 2020.

“Surveying the 2020 Presidential Election & International Politicsl Trends,” LUSTRE, New York City, 2019.

“Lyndon Johnson and the Transformation of the U.S.-Israeli Alliance,” Stephen F. Wise Free Syangogue, 2019.

“The Courts and Title IX Controversies,” 2018 State Risk and Insurance Management Association Conference, South Portland, Maine, 2018.

“The Constitution and Constitutional History,” Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York, 2018.

“Chappaquiddick,” Emelin Film Club, Mamaroneck, 2018.

“The Due Process Decisions,” Symposium on Representing Students Accused of Sexual Assault, Washington, DC 2018.

“Wilsonianism and the U.S. Response to the Balfour Declaration,” CUNY Graduate Center, 2017.

“LBJ,” Emelin Film Club, Mamaroneck, 2017.

“Fairness and Campus Title IX Adjudications,” Bucknell University, 2017.

“Due Process and Title IX,” Mill Series, Lafayette College, 2017.

“Analyzing the 2016 Presidential Election,” U.S. Embassy, Israel, 2016.

“Historical Patterns and the 2016 Presidential Election,” Columbia University, 2016.

“Civil Liberties on Campus,” Cardozo Law School, 2016.

“Fairness, Due Process, and Campus Sexual Assault,” Uncomfortable Learning series, Williams College, 2015.

“Due Process Goes to School,” Heritage Foundation, 2015.

“Congress and US Diplomatic History,” SHAFR Summer Institute, Ohio State University, 2015.

“LBJ, Fortas, and Changing Senate Norms,” Schwan Lecture, North Park University, 2015.

“The Truth About Campus Sexual Assault,” Manhattan Institute, 2015.

“Due Process and the Contemporary Campus,” George Washington Forum, Ohio University, 2015.

“1920s Peace and Anti-Imperialism,” Reflections on the New Era Conference, Williams College, 2014.

“Trustee Accountability,” ATHENA Roundtable, Columbia University, 2014.

“Previewing the 2014 Midterm Elections,” Brooklyn College Historical Society, 2014.

Chair & Commentator, “U.S.-Middle Eastern Relations,” SHAFR Conference, University of Kentucky, 2014.

“The U.S.-Israeli Relationship in Historical Perspective,” CUNY Graduate Center, 2014.

U.S. History and the Obligations of Citizenship.” Global Illusions: Bowdoin’s Post-Citizens and the Future of American Higher Education, Brunswick, Maine, 2014.

“The Transformation of U.S. History,” Williams College, 2014.

“Congress, Vietnam, and the 1963 Foreign Aid Bill,” Vietnam Center and Archive Conference, National Archives, 2013.

“Congress and the Classroom,” Dirksen Center for Congressional Research, 2013.

“Analyzing the 2012 Election” (panel with U.S. ambassador Dan Shapiro), Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, 2012.

“Analyzing the 2012 Election,” U.S. consulate, Jerusalem, 2012.

“Revisiting the 1964 Election,” Sarah Lawrence College, 2012.

“The Role of Federal Historians in Records Management,” Hewlett Lectures, Society for History in the Federal Government, 2012.

“Presidential Tapes & Congressional History,” Congress in the Classroom Conference, Dirksen Congressional Research Center, 2012.

“Congress, the Appropriations Power and Late-TwentiethCentury Foreign Policy,” OAH Conference, Milwaukee, 2012.

“Kangaroo Courts on Campus: Yale, Duke, and Due Process,” Manhattan Institute Forum, Harvard Club, 2012.

“Presidential Tapes & Congressional History,” Congress in the Classroom Conference, Dirksen Congressional Research Center, 2011.

“Procedure, Partisanship and Congressional Power in Foreign Affairs,” Breaking Down the Walls Conference, Arizona State University, 2010.

“Teaching Congressional History Through the Presidential Tapes,” Congress in the Classroom Conference, Dirksen Congressional Research Center, Pekin, Ill, 2010.

“The 2010 Midterm Elections.” Digital video conference. American Center, Jerusalem, 2010.

“The Legacy of Edward M. Kennedy.” Digital Video Conference. American Center, Jerusalem, 2010.

“The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Future of American Foreign Policy.” Multinational Institute of American Studies, New York University, 2010.

“Black Politics Before Obama.” Kadoorie School, Israel, 2009.

“From Brown to Birmingham.” Kadoorie School, Israel, 2009.

“LBJ & the Fulfillment of the Civil Rights Agenda.” Kadoorie School, Israel, 2009.

“Race and the 2008 Elections.” Kadoorie School, Israel, 2009.

“The Obligations of Citizenship,” Merrill Award Presentation, Washington, DC, 2009.

“Harry Truman and Congressional Anti-Communist Investigations,” Truman Legacy Conference, Palm Beach, FL, 2009.

“Teaching the Presidential Tapes,” SHAFR Conference, Falls Church, VA, 2009.

“The Fulbright Israel Experience,” Fulbright Pre-Orientation Conference, Washington, DC, 2009.

“The Lacrosse Case and Academic Groupthink,” Campus Freedom Network, Philadelphia, 2009.

Panel discussion, “The State of American Universities,” Extension 720, WGN-AM, Chicago, 2009.

“History on the Web,” interviews for Atlas Media, historychannel.com, 2009

“The Obama Inauguration,” Digital Video Conference, American Center, Jerusalem, 2009.

“Academic and Prosecutorial Misconduct in the Duke Lacrosse Case,” New York City Bar Association, 2008

“Due Process in the Academy,” Campus Freedom Network Conference, Philadelphia, 2008

“Freedom and Diversity of Thought on College Campuses,” Philanthropy Roundtable, 2008

“Groupthink and the Duke Lacrosse Case,” New York Association of Scholars, 2008

“LBJ & Israel: The Presidential Recordings,” Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2008

“The 2008 U.S. Elections,” Achva Academic College, 2008

“The 2008 U.S. Elections,” Kaye College, 2008

“The 2008 U.S. Elections,” Western Galilee College, 2008

“The Changing Nature of U.S. Presidential Elections,” Bar-Ilan College, 2008

“The Duke Lacrosse Case,” Federalist Society Annual Conference, New York City, 2008

“The Media and the Duke Lacrosse Case,” Princeton University, 2008

“The Media and the Duke Lacrosse Case,” Southeast U.S. Association of Law School Professors Annual Conference, 2008

“The Narrowing Perspective of U.S. History,” ATHENA Roundtable, 2008

“The Perils of Academic Groupthink,” Emory University, 2008

“The Reagan and Bush Policies toward the Middle East,” The Global and the Local: International Efforts to Solve Local Conflicts, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv, 2008

“The U.S. Elections and Israel,” ALLMEP Conference, Jerusalem, 2008

“U.S. Elections from LBJ to Barack Obama,” Ben Gurion University, 2008

“Until Proven Innocent,” Scarborough (ME) Public Library, 2008

“What Parents Need to Know About Contemporary College Campuses,” Heard on Rye (N.Y.), 2008

“Congress, the Cold War, and Congressional Archives,” Researching New York Conference, Plenary Session, University of Albany, 2007

“Mission and American Foreign Policy,” NYU Fulbright Summer Institute, 2007.

“The Academy and the Duke Lacrosse Case,” FIRE Interns’ Seminar, 2007.

“Congress, Vietnam, and the Moyar Thesis,” The New Vietnam War Revisionism: Implications and Lessons Conference, Williams College, 2007.

“Congress and the Cold War,” American Society for Legal History, 2006.

“Prosecutorial Misconduct and the Duke Lacrosse Case,” ACLU@DUKE Forum, 2006.

“Midterm Elections in Historical Perspective,” HISTORYCENTER, History Channel, 2006.

“Five Events that Made the Modern Middle East,” HISTORYCENTER, History Channel, 2006.

“World War I,” HISTORYCENTER, History Channel, 2006.

“Presidents and Personal Relationships,” HISTORYCENTER, History Channel, 2006.

Congress and the Cold War: book launch,” Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, 2005.

Congress and the Cold War, 1947-1987,” Harvard University, International History Seminar, 2005.

“Internal Threats to Academic Freedom,” Wolfe Institute Seminar, Brooklyn College, 2005.

“PC No More: The Intellectual Diversity Movement in the Academy,” ATHENA Roundtable, 2005.

On Lyndon B. Johnson: The LBJ Tapes,” 92nd Street Y, New York, 2005.

“Dispositions and Ideological Bias in Teacher-Training Programs,” New York Association of Scholars, 2005.

The Presidential Recordings: Harry Middleton in Conversation with the Miller Center LBJ Tapes Team,” LBJ Presidential Library, 2005.

Chair, “Columbia’s MEALAC Crisis,” New York Association of Scholars, 2005.

“The Triumph of the Armed Services Committee,” School of Public Affairs seminar, Baruch College, 2004.

“George W. Bush and Institutional Trends in the Presidency,” U.S.-Europe seminar, Baruch College, 2004.

Chair, “Doing Justice to the Past,” National Association of Scholars conference, 2004.

“Personnel Practices as an Institution Embraces a ‘Learning Communities’ Philosophy—The Brooklyn College Experience,” National Association of Scholars conference, 2004.

“Lyndon Johnson and American Politics,” Leon Goldstein Memorial Lecture, Kingsborough Community College, 2004.

“Confronting Anti-Semitism on Contemporary College Campuses,” Brooklyn College Faculty Day, 2004.

“U.S. Foreign Policy in Greece and Cyprus since World War II,” Stathakion Cultural Center, Queens, New York, 2004.

“Lyndon Johnson and the 1964 Presidential Election,” Columbia Club, New York City, 2004.

“Intellectual Diversity in the Teaching of U.S. History,” ATHENA Roundtable, 2003.

Intellectual Diversity and the Teaching of U.S. History,” U.S. Senate, Education and Labor Committee, Hearings, Is Intellectual Diversity an Endangered Species on Today’s College Campuses?, 2003.

“Anti-Israel Sentiment on College Campuses,” Brooklyn College Hillel, 2003.

“Lyndon Johnson and the 1964 Presidential Election,” History Matters, CUNY Graduate Center, 2003.

“Politics, Foreign Policy, and the 1964 Presidential Election,” 2002 SHAFR Conference.

“The Worlds of Henry Cabot Lodge,” Columbia University Seminar on the 20th Century United States, 2002.

“The Historical Background of 9/11,” Brooklyn College Faculty Day, 2002.

Commentator, “Internationalism and Isolationism,” 2001 SHAFR Conference.

“Pearl Harbor and the American Historical Memory,” Brooklyn College IRPE Program, 2001.

“Lyndon Johnson and the World,” St. John’s University, 2001.

Commentator, “Social History and New York Liberalism in the 1950s,” Lehman Center Conference on 1950s Liberalism, 2001.

“The 2000 Election,” Wolfe Center, Brooklyn College, 2000.

“Henry Cabot Lodge and Democratic Foreign Policy,” 2000 SHAFR Conference.

“The 1964 Elections,” Lehman Center seminar, Columbia University, 2000.

“The Transformation of Stuart Symington,” Columbia University Seminar on History of Political and Legal Thought, 2000.

“Institutional and Partisan Rivalry: Inter-American Relations in the 1850s,” 1999 SHAFR Conference.

“The Clark Amendment and U.S. Policy toward Angola,” 1999 OAH Conference.

“Ernest R. May and the Foreign Policy of a Democracy,” Harvard University,” 1998.

“Congress and the Alliance for Progress,” 1998 SHAFR Conference.

“Congress and the Foreign Aid Program in the 1970s,” Conference on the Carter Presidency, Carter Library, 1997.

Commentator, “Cultural Relations and Postwar U.S. Foreign Policy,” 1997 AHA Conference.

“Subcommittee Government and American Foreign Policy,” 1996 SHAFR Conference.

“Congress and the Alliance for Progress,” 1996 Oakley Center Seminar, Williams College.

“Integrating Congressional History and International History,” 1995 Charles Warren Center Workshop, Harvard University.

“Ernest Gruening and the Vietnam War,” Vanderbilt University, 1995.

“The Historiography of the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb,” 1995 Regional Association of Asian Scholars Conference.

“Roundtable, On Cultural Ground,” 1995 SHAFR Conference.

“The Tonkin Gulf Resolution and Senate Foreign Policy reform,” 1994 SHAFR Conference.

“Inter-American Visions,” 1993 SHAFR Conference.


The War on Due Process,” Academic Questions 28 (Winter 2015).

DNA & Double Standards“ (New York Post)

The Academy and the Duke Case“ (Inside Higher Ed)

A Dirty Game,” with Stuart Taylor, Jr. (Wall Street Journal)

It’s Lamont“ (HNN)

Lieberman and Party Primaries“ (HNN)

The Governor Has a Choice“ (New York Sun)

The Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Democracy“ (HNN)

Missing the Point“ (National Review Online)

The House Historian’s ‘District Office‘“ (HNN)

Duke’s Poisoned Campus Culture“ (Inside Higher Ed)

Double Trouble: Two Faculty Unions and Israel“ (The New Republic)

The AHA’s Double Standard on Academic Freedom,” with David Beito and Ralph Luker (Perspectives)

The Perils of Academic Unions“ (Inside Higher Ed)

CUNY’s Compact“ (New York Sun)

The Academy and the Cartoon Controversy“ (New Partisan)

How Not to Diversify“ (EphBlog, Winter Term 2006 Seminar)

A Time to Choose for the AHA in Philadelphia: Speech Codes and the Academic Bill of Rights,“ with David Beito and Ralph Luker (HNN)

Iraq and Vietnam, the Anti-War Movements“ (HNN)

Proving the Critics’ Case“ (Inside Higher Ed)

Disposition for Bias“ (Inside Higher Ed)

Transparency or a ‘Selig Strategy‘“? (Inside Higher Ed)

Summers Beyond Harvard“ (Inside Higher Ed)

“The Stealth Curriculum” (Inside Higher Ed)

“Re-visioning America” (New York Sun)

“Diversity Comes to CUNY” (New York Sun)

Consulting All Sides on Speech Codes,” with David Beito and Ralph Luker (OAH Newsletter)

Why We Are Dissatisfied with the OAH’s Report on Repression,” with David Beito and Ralph Luker (HNN)

Who’s Undermining Freedom of Speech on Campus Now,” with David Beito and Ralph Luker (HNN)

School for Scandal: ‘The Arts of Democracy’” (Weekly Standard)

A Step Back for the House“ (HNN)

Lemisch: Liberalism in Collapse?” (HNN)

CUNY’s Free Institution Initiative“ (HNN)

Academic Freedom on the Front Lines“ (Frontpage)

“The Not-so-hidden Agenda of ‘Global Studies’” (HNN)

Postponing Presidential Elections“ (HNN)

Purpose of Political Conventions“ (HNN)

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  1. KC Johnson said, on December 26, 2008 at 8.45pm

    […] A full list of my books, scholarly articles and presentations, invited talks, and op-eds is here. […]

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