David C. Johnston

David C. Johnston

Research Interest


David Johnston (Ph.D., Princeton, 1981) taught at Yale University before coming to Columbia. He has served as Chair of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought, President of the New York State Political Science Association, and as Chair and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia. His publications include The Rhetoric of Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Cultural TransformationThe Idea of a Liberal Theory, A Brief History of Justice and, as editor, Equality and (with Richard Flathman) Leviathan: A Norton Critical Edition. He is currently working on a project with the tentative title Justice as Reciprocity and on a book with the expected title The Birth of Social Justice.

Courses Taught

Spring 2019


3 pts, UN3100