Rebecca J Johnson


Adjunct - MSB Faculty (Executive Education)


McCourt School of Public Policy
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Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Command and Staff College at Marine Corps University. In addition, she is currently completing a Masters in Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with concentrations in ethics and world religions.

At GPPI Dr. Johnson teaches graduate courses on international ethics, religion and peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction. Her current research explores the ethical constraints on counterinsurgency, specifically how the hybrid socio-politico-military nature of counterinsurgency and other complex stability operations influences soldiers’ moral responsibility in combat. This research marries Dr. Johnson’s previous training in transatlantic security and conflict in the Balkans with her interests in military ethics. Her most recent publication, “Jus Post Bellum and Counterinsurgency” will appear in the September 2008 edition of The Journal of Military Ethics. In addition, she is a weekly columnist for UPI's Religion and Spirituality Forum.

Before coming to Georgetown, Dr. Johnson taught graduate and undergraduate courses in European Foreign Policy and the Balkans at American University. She continues to lecture on Balkan history for U.S. police officers preparing to deploy to the international policing mission in Kosovo through Civilian Police International and has taught undergraduate international ethics at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, ROK. In 2006 she was selected to participate in the United States Institute of Peace’s faculty seminar on “Global Peace and Security from Multiple Perspectives.” Previously, she was the Academic Director for the South Carolina Washington Fellows Program at the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, International Studies Association, Women in International Security, and attends the annual meeting of the International Symposium of Military Ethics.

Dr. Johnson earned her Ph.D. (2003) and M.A. (2002) in Government from Georgetown University. While completing her dissertation on multilateral peacekeeping efforts in the Balkans, she spent a year at The Brookings Institution as a research fellow and contributed to the State Department’s Kosovo History Project under the leadership of Dr. Richard Ullman. She received her B.A. with honors (1996) from The University of Texas at Austin.


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  • Ph.D. (2003) Georgetown University, Government
  • M.A. (2002) Georgetown University, Government
  • B.A. (1996) The University of Texas at Austin, Government