Dr. Chelsea Johnson's research focuses on negotiated solutions to armed conflict in the developing world, with a particular focus on the implementation of power-sharing institutions and the incorporation and participation of former rebels in post-conflict democracies. Using a mixed method approach, she has produced an original dataset of negotiated settlements to intra-state conflict worldwide, which disaggregates various subtypes of power sharing and other relevant provisions. In recent work, the findings from the data have been used to shed fresh light on a much-studied case in the conflict literature - the emergence and viability of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
Dr. Johnson completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in December 2015. She has since served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a project on Democratization and Emerging Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, funded by the Carnegie Institute. She has extensive expertise in post-conflict democratization in the African region, and has spent years conducting field research in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.