Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
School of International Service
Ph.D. in International Relations/International Security, University of Maryland; M.A. in International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; graduate studies in Political Science and History, University of Tübingen; B.A. University of Nebraska-Omaha in International Studies and German.
Dr. Karin L. Johnston is an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Service specializing in international politics, US-European relations, and German foreign and security policy. She has worked in policy research institutes in Washington, D.C., including as Senior Research Associate at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Johnston has written on German foreign policy decision-making on out-of-area operations, on German public opinion during the Bosnian crisis and Iraq, media and politics in Germany and the United States, religion and politics, and U.S.-German-French relations. Her current research includes projects on German foreign policy decision-making and the interaction and cooperation between military and civilian components in multilateral peace and stability operations. Some of her publications include: “Germany,” in Public Opinion and International Intervention: Lessons from the Iraq War; “Religion and Politics: The European Debate,” AICGS Issue Brief #15, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, D.C.; “The Media, Perceptions, and Policy in German-American Relations,” AICGS Policy Report #20 (Washington, D.C.: AICGS); and “German Public Opinion and the Crisis in Bosnia,” in International Public Opinion and the Bosnian Crisis. Johnston was a Mercator Fellow at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2014. She is a former fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program and past president of the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association and a member of Women in International Security Studies (WIIS), ISA, APSA, EUSA, and the German Studies Association.