Johnson, Juliet

Current position(s), Institution
Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Department of Political Science, McGill University
Fields of expertise
  • Post-communist financial systems
  • Russian and Eastern European politics
  • Democracy and the market
  • Institutionalist theories
  • Comparative politics
  • Post-communist identity politics
  • International political economy
Projects relevant to the cluster
  • "Transnational Actors and Central Bank Transformation". This research project explores the role played by the transnational community of central bankers in actively guiding the transformation of post communist central banks. It combines a broad analysis of the transnational central banking community's training and technical assistance programs across the post-communist world with intensive comparative case studies of central bank development in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan
  • "Monuments, Memorials and National Identity." Along with geographer Benjamin Forest, I conduct research on contemporary Russian national identity by investigating the political struggles over Soviet-era monuments, memorial and museums. We are now expanding this research to compare the political uses of public space in nation-building efforts across East Europe and Eurasia
Publications related to European/EU Studies
  • “Uneven Integration: Economic and Monetary Union in Central and Eastern Europe,” Journal of Common Market Studies 48:5 (2010): 1235-1258. Co-authored with Rachel Epstein.
  • “The Czech Republic and Poland: The Limits of Europeanization,” in Kenneth Dyson and Martin Marcussen, Central Banks in the Age of the Euro: Europeanization, Convergence, and Power (Oxford University Press, 2009): 221-240. Co-authored with Rachel Epstein
  • “The Remains of Conditionality: The Faltering Enlargement of the Euro Zone,” Journal of European Public Policy 15:6 (2008): 826-842. Reprinted in Rachel Epstein and Uli Sedelmeier, eds., International Influence beyond Conditionality: Postcommunist Europe after EU Enlargement (Routledge, forthcoming 2009)
  • “Forbidden Fruit: Russia’s Uneasy Relationship with the Dollar,” Review of International Political Economy 15:3 (2008): 377-396
  • “Two-Track Diffusion and Central Bank Embeddedness: The Politics of Euro Adoption in Hungary and the Czech Republic,” Review of International Political Economy 13:3 (2006): 361-386. Reprinted in Mitchell Orenstein, Steve Bloom, and Nicole Lindstrom, eds. Transnational Actors in Central and East European Transitions (University of Pittsburgh Press 2008)
  • “Postcommunist Central Banks: A Democratic Deficit?” Journal of Democracy 17:1 (2006): 90-103
  • “Post-Totalitarian National Identity: Public Memory in Germany and Russia,” Social and Cultural Geography 5:3 (2004): 357-380. Co-authored with Benjamin Forest and Karen Till
Outreach Experience
  • “The Bear Barrels Back” (Review of Marshall Goldman’s Petrostate), The Globe and Mail, Toronto, June 28, 2008
  • “The War after the Cold War” (Review of Mark MacKinnon’s The New Cold War: Revolutions, Rigged Elections and Pipeline Politics in the Former Soviet Union), The Globe and Mail, Toronto, May 5, 2007
  • “Freeing Finance: The U.S.-Russia WTO Agreement on Financial Services,” in “Russia and the WTO: A Progress Report,” NBR Special Report 12 (March 2007): 19-23
  • “Putin: Stalinist in Democrat’s Clothing?” (Review of Peter Baker and Susan Glasser’s Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution), The Globe and Mail, Toronto, August 20, 2005
  • “Vladimir Putin: Power at Play” (Review of Andrew Jack’s Inside Putin’s Russia), The Globe and Mail, Toronto, December 18, 2004
Open to media contact
McGill University, Department of Political Science, 855 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7
Office Phone Number
(514) 398-6120
Department Phone Number
(514) 398-4800
Other important publications
  • Juliet Johnson, Marietta Stepaniants, and Benjamin Forest, eds. Religion and Identity in Modern Russia: The Revival of Orthodoxy and Islam (Ashgate 2005). Part of the Post-Soviet Politics series
  • A Fistful of Rubles: The Rise and Fall of the Russian Banking System (Cornell University Press 2000)
Education and professional achievements
  • Princeton University, Ph.D. in Politics, 1997
  • Princeton University, M.A. in Politics, 1994
  • Stanford University, A.B. in International Relations, 1990
Academic Positions:
  • McGill University, Faculty of Arts, Montreal, Quebec. Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), June 2010-May 2013
  • McGill University, Department of Political Science, Montreal, Quebec. Associate Professor, July 2003-present
  • Loyola University Chicago, Department of Political Science, Chicago, Illinois. Assistant Professor, August 1996-June 2003
  • Dartmouth College, Department of Government, Hanover, New Hampshire. Visiting Assistant Professor, September 1998-December 1999
Courses taught
  • Russian and Soviet Politics (undergraduate)
  • Transitions from Communism (undergraduate)
  • Post-Communist Transformations (graduate)
  • Seminar in Comparative Politics (graduate)
Fluent spoken languages
English, Russian
Fluent written languages
English, Russian

Juliet Johnson's main research streams focus on the transformation of post-communist central banking and financial systems, and on monuments and memorials in the post-communist world and post-communist identity politics. Additionally, she has general interests in Russian and Eastern European politics, democracy and the market, institutionalist theories, comparative politics, and international political economy. Media Experience: Dr. Johnson has contributed on numerous occasions to the Globe and Mail and welcomes print media requests for opinions and articles.


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