David Johnston

Professor of Political Science

Columbia University

David Johnston (Ph.D., Princeton University, 1981) taught at Yale University before coming to Columbia.  He has served as Chair of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought, as President of the New York State Political Science Association, and as currently Chair and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia.  His publications include The Idea of a Liberal Theory (1994), The Rhetoric of Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Cultural Transformation (1986), and, as editor, Equality (2000) and (with Richard Flathman) Leviathan: A Norton Critical Edition (1997).  His most recent book is A Brief History of Justice (2011).  His research interests include theories of justice, the liberal tradition of political theory, and the history of political thought.  He is currently studying the relationship between justice and reciprocity.