Professor Richard Johnston has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Award which recognizes outstanding academics at the peak of their careers. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. Award winners are invited to spend a period of six to twelve months on academic collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany.
Annually, the Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards to researchers working in a range of disciplines, from Agriculture to Algebra, Cell Biology to Computer Science, Neuroscience to Finance, and more. Previous Political Scientists who have received this award include Jeffrey T. Checkel and John Malloy Owen. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.
Congratulations Dick for being selected for this prestigious award! Well deserved!
Johnston’s Recent Commentary:
On November 8th, U.S. citizens decided the long-awaited question: Who will be the next President of the United States? The 2016 presidential election has defied predictions and mystified experts. Two days post-election, experts in the areas of elections, economics and the environment provided an analysis of the results and discussed what the next four years may hold for the U.S. and its relationship with Canada and the world.
Recorded at The National Club in Toronto, ON, on November 10, 2016.
Moderator – David Common, Host, CBC’s World Report; Journalist, CBC’s marketplace
Panelist – James Brander, BA’75, MA, PhD – Asia Pacific Professor of International Business, Strategy and Business Economics Division, UBC’s Sauder School of Business
Panelist – Sara Hughes, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Panelist – Richard Johnston, BA’70, PhD – Professor, Political Science, UBC; Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation
VIDEO: The 2016 US Election: How did it come to this, and where is it going?
The battle for the Republican nomination defied prediction and challenged much of what we thought we knew about parties in the United States. Many believed that Donald Trump was a creature of the media, doomed to obscurity once they lost interest. Instead, he activated potential Republican constituencies that had long been dormant. Something of the same happened on the Democratic side with the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Is 2016 an historical accident, leaving no permanent impact, or has the electoral landscape been fundamentally transformed? What impact will this have on Canada?
CBC Radio One, The Early Edition with Rick Cluff,
Special edition: reaction and analysis of the new President-elect
The Hill Times, November 3, 2016,
Donald Trump versus the party system
UBC FACULTY OF ARTS:
November 15, 2016,
What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Canada?
Richard Johnston (PhD Stanford) holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation. He has also taught at the University of Toronto, the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University (Mackenzie King chair, 1994-5), and the University of Pennsylvania. He has held visiting fellowships at Queen’s University at Kingston, the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), and the Australian National University. From 2009 to 2012, he was a Marie Curie Research Fellow attached to the European University Institute.