Support The Bulwark and subscribe today.
  Join Now
Theodore R. Johnson Photo

Theodore R. Johnson

Theodore R. Johnson is a writer at The Bulwark and the director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. He is also a retired commander in the U.S. Navy following a two-decade career that included service as a White House fellow, military professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and speechwriter to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

His book When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America was published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 2021.

Twitter: @DrTedJ.


Articles by Theodore R. Johnson (page 1)

June 21, 2022 4:55 am

A Nation of Promise

Tracing a man through history, from enslaved child to American citizen to great-great-grandfather.
Theodore R. Johnson
June 16, 2022 5:27 am

The Real Story of the Politics of Juneteenth

Politicians took the easy way out for a day that’s about America doing the hard things.
Theodore R. Johnson
May 29, 2022 2:16 pm

Memorial Day—for All Americans

We may disagree with one another about our vision for our country, but so did the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and…
Theodore R. Johnson
May 26, 2022 5:30 am

The Tangle of Trumpian Conspiracy Theories

How the “Big Lie” about the 2020 election, the “Great Replacement” theory, and other fringe ideas are entwined.
Theodore R. Johnson
May 17, 2022 5:30 am

What Do Black Americans Think About Roe v. Wade—and Why

The data and the dread.
Theodore R. Johnson
May 6, 2022 5:30 am

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Cynical opportunism has moved from the edges of our politics to its very center. We urgently need to stop rewarding…
Theodore R. Johnson
April 14, 2022 5:30 am

Will 2022 Be the Year of the Black Republican?

How the dynamics of polarization and movement conservatism could work in their favor.
Theodore R. Johnson
April 11, 2022 5:30 am

What’s Democracy to You?

Americans’ perceptions of democracy, patriotism, and other terms of civic language vary based on race and party.
Theodore R. Johnson
March 21, 2022 6:31 pm

Ketanji Brown Jackson: Patriotism and Pride

What’s in a name? A lot.
Theodore R. Johnson
March 15, 2022 5:30 am

Are Black Voters Really Leaving the Democratic Party?

Electoral capture is real.
Theodore R. Johnson