Gbemende Johnson

Gbemende Johnson
Gbemende Johnson

Assistant Professor of Government

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Gbemende Johnson's research interests are American institutions, judicial politics, and executive branch politics, with a strong secondary interest in political theory. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science.

She recently received a grant from Rutgers’ University Center on the American Governor to examine state supreme court deference to executive power. Johnson is working on one project that explores the non-delegation doctrine in the states and on another that examines state implementation of portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She received her doctorate in political science from Vanderbilt University.

Recent Courses Taught

Government Failure? The American Administrative State
The American Presidency
American Political Process
Public Policy Problems: The American Administrative State
Courts and Judicial Process
Introduction to American Government and Politics

Research Interests

American politics, judicial politics, executive branch politics, political theory


  • Artinian Travel Award, 2015
  • Rutgers University Center on the American Governor: Public, Policy, Power, and Leadership Grant, 2012
  • Vanderbilt University Social Science Dissertation Fellowship, 2010
  • Prestage-Cook Travel Award, 2009
  • Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Award, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09
  • Vanderbilt University Provost Minority Fellowship for five years of doctoral study, 2006-12

Selected Publications

  • “Legislative “Allies” and Judicial Oversight of Executive Power.” Justice System Journal (accepted for publication)

  • “Executive Power and Judicial Deference: Judicial Decision-Making on Executive Power Challenges in the American States” Political Research Quarterly, 68(1):128-141. (2015)

  • “Judicial Deference and Executive Control over Administrative Agencies,” State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 14(2):142-164. (2014)

  • “The House as a Stepping Stone to the Senate: Why do so few African-American House Members Run?” (with Bruce Oppenheimer and Jennifer Selin). American Journal of Political Science, 56(2):387-399. (2012)

Chapters in Edited Volumes
  • “Gubernatorial Institutional Authority and Conflict: Executive-Judicial Relations in the United States,” in The American Governor: Power, Constraint, and Leadership in the States, ed. David Redlawsk. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. (2015)


Appointed to the Faculty: 2012

Educational Background

Ph.D., Political Science, Vanderbilt University
M.A., Political Science, Vanderbilt University
B.A., Political Science, Georgia State University

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