Martha Johnson

Martha Johnson is Visiting Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and Associate Professor of Political Science at Mills College. Her research examines women’s political participation in African politics, including women’s appointment to ministerial positions and their election to local office. Most recently, she co-edited Women and Power in Africa: Aspiring, Campaigning, and Governing (Oxford University Press 2021), which features her work on women’s candidacies in Benin and Malawi. She served as a Fulbright scholar in Benin in 2017 and previously conducted qualitative fieldwork in Senegal and Burkina Faso. In addition to her work on gender politics, Martha has published on the relationship between foreign aid and bureaucratic capacity and on livestock and trade policy in Francophone West Africa. While completing her PhD in Political Science at UC Berkeley, she also served as a consultant for the UN FAO and the Millenium Challenge Corporation.