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Jessica Kimpell Johnson
Jessica Kimpell (D. Phil, 2010; M. Phil, 2006, University of Oxford) has interests in the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, specializing in republican thought. She teaches in the Department of Political Science and in the Core Curriculum for Columbia College. Previously she taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Delaware, including courses on political philosophy and political theory, along with courses on the history of political thought (from Plato to Weber) and American political thought. Among her publications are "Neo-republicanism: Machiavelli's solutions for Tocqueville's republic," in the European Political Science Review (2009) and an edited and annotated collection of Thomas Paine’s works (2009). As a Truman Scholar at Oxford, her dissertation focused on aspects of the republican tradition, particularly arguments about the relationship between political order and freedom. She is currently working on projects pertaining to the theory of the republic in modern thought and Tocqueville's relationship to the republican tradition. In 2012, she contributed to the Democratic Wealth series on OpenDemocracy.net. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and worked as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly (CQ) in Washington, D.C.