Richard Johnston (PhD Stanford) is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia. He has also taught at Toronto, Caltech, Harvard (Mackenzie King chair), and the University of Pennsylvania, has been an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford, a visiting fellow at MZES-Mannheim and the ANU, and a Marie Curie Fellow at the EUI. He is the author or co-author of five books, has co-edited four other books, and has written more than 80 refereed articles and book chapters.

He was PI on the Canadian Election Study (1988-92-93) and the National Annenberg Election Survey (2000-8). He currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Board at MZES and on the advisory board of the British Election Study. He also works closely with colleagues on the Swiss, Austrian, and Italian Election Studies. On a completely separate track, he works on diversity, multiculturalism, and the welfare state, with a mainly European focus and with both attitudinal and spending data.