Faculty Expert Profile

Robert Lieberman

  • Krieger-Eisenhower Professor


  • Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Robert Lieberman is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science. He studies American political development, race and American politics, and public policy. He has also written extensively about the development of American democracy and the links between American and comparative politics.

In 2020, he wrote "Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy" with co-author Suzanne Mettler. His 1998 book, "Shifting the Color Line: Race and the American Welfare State." won the Social Science History Association Presidential Book Award, the Thomas J. Wilson Prize of Harvard University Press, and Columbia University's Lionel Trilling Award. Lieberman's 2005 book, "Shaping Race Policy: The United States in Comparative Perspective" was awarded the Best Book Prize by the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Lieberman is available to discuss how the history of conflict in American politics can inform the current situation of intense partisan divisions among elected officials and the electorate.

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Democracy in peril
Published Jan 4, 2022
Johns Hopkins scholars discuss how the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, changed the course of their research and how it might have forever altered American democracy
As election concludes, patience is critical
Published Nov 3, 2020
The job of voters will soon be done, but in a high-stakes election that promises a historic turnout, the winners may not soon be known, JHU political scientist Robert Lieberman writes

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