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Martha C Johnson

Martha Johnson
Associate Professor of Political Science
Public Policy and Political Science Department Head, Robert J. & Ann B. Wert Professorship
Vera Long 111

Professional Interests: Comparative politics, African politics, democratization, food politics, the politics of development

Curriculum Vitae


At Mills Since 2009


Martha Johnson studies African politics, with a focus on Francophone West Africa and an interest in women’s representation and the politics of foreign aid. She has conducted fieldwork in Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Benin, funded by the Fulbright program and the FAO. Most recently, she interviewed nearly 100 women who ran for local office in Benin, traveling around the country for three months in 2017. Her work has been published in several scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Political Science.


  • BA, Smith College
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Faculty Office Hours, Spring 2020

Days Times Room
T 10:30 am–12:30 pm Vera Long 111
  All office hours are by appointment.
Reserve appointments here.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Day Time Course Title Room
MW9:00 am-10:40 amComparative PoliticsGSB 125
MW11:00 am-12:15 pmStates and NationsGSB 125

Courses Taught

  • PPOL 016: Comparative Politics
  • PPOL 017: International Relations
  • PPOL 103: Written and Oral Communication for Policy and Politics
  • PPOL 118: Women's Leadership in Politics: Theory and Practice
  • PPOL 142: African Politics
  • PPOL 143: States and Nations
  • PPOL 148: Model United Nations
  • PPOL 177: TP: Writing Policy Politics
  • PPOL 180A: The Politics and Policy of Food
  • PPOL 180SL: The Politics and Policy of Food (Community Engagement)
  • PPOL 191: Senior Seminar
  • PPOL 197: IN: City of Oak: Env Servs
  • PPOL 218: Women's Leadership in Politics: Theory and Practice