Dr. J. Scott Johnson

Professor of Political Science with The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University since 1992.
B.A., Carleton College, 1983;
M.A., The University of Chicago, 1985;
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1992.


Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction, 2011

Faculty Advisor Award, 1995, 2002.


Director, CSB/SJU South Africa Program, Spring 2016

Director, CSB/SJU London Fine Arts Program, Fall 2008

Director, CSB/SJU Tokyo Program, Fall 2004

Director, CSB/SJU Greco-Roman Program, Fall 1999



Policy Fellow, Humphrey Institute Policy Forum. 2001-2002

Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic. 2000

Senior Associate Member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 1999

Stanford Humanities Center, Pre-dissertation Fellow. 1988-89

RAND Corporation, Summer Intern. 1988


SJU Office: Simons 168
(320) 363-2530
[email protected]


Fall 2019 Courses

POLS 221 - Introduction to Political Theory

POLS 320C - Law & Literature

Murder, Mayhem, Cannibalism in Caves! Code Red!

This course takes law to the extremes by examining literary representations of law and comparing those legal themes to what political scientists and legal scholars think.  We will read short stories, novels, and plays as well as watch some movies.  We will read law review articles, legal theories, and write short papers.  We will critique each other’s presentations.  I’m looking for a few good men and women who can handle the truth.  Can you?  Do You want answers?!  Then sign up for Topics in Law, POLS 320c, Law and Literature and come prepared to discuss.  The court will wait for an answer.

Spring 2020 Courses

POLS 221 - Introduction to Political Theory

ETHS 390 - Sex, Death & Ethics