Alison Johnston

Assistant Professor
Political Science Program
School of Public Policy

330F Ballard Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 737-6243


  • ECON 435/535: The Public Economy
  • PS 341: Politics of Western Europe and the European Union 
  • PS 449/549: Topics in Comparative Politics
  • PS 449/549: Comparative Political Economy of the Welfare State
  • PS 499/599: The Politics of Corruption and Good Governance
  • SOC 516: Conducting Social Research
  • PPOL 622: Advanced Policy Analysis (Panel Modeling)

Teaching Resources

Research Interests

  • Political Economy and Comparative Politics
  • Public Economics and the Public Sector
  • European Economic and Political Integration
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Comparative Politics of Sectoral Labor Markets
  • Industrial Relations

Curriculum Vitae


Brief Vita


  • PhD, European Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2011
  • MSc (Research), European Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007
  • BSc & BA, Economics, European Studies, and Swedish Studies, University of Washington, 2005

Professional Experience

  • 2011 - Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Oregon State University
  • 2008- 2011, Graduate Teaching Instructor, Department of Mathematics, University College London 
  • 2007-2008, Researcher in Higher Education Finance, Russell Group of Universities, London, UK

Select Publications (with replication files only)

A detailed list of publications, replication files and a full CV can be accessed on Professor Johnston's web site.

  • Docherty, A and Johnston, AL  (forthcoming, 2015)  “Prenatal Care in Oregon and Washington: The Role of Policy in Supporting Access for those most in Need” Nursing Research.
  • Hamann, K., Johnston AL, Katsanidou, A., Kelly, J., and Pollock, P.  (forthcoming, 2015) “Sharing the Rewards but Dividing the Costs?: The Electoral Consequences of Social Pacts and Legislative Reform in Western Europe” West European Politics.
  • Johnston AL, Hancké, R, and Pant, S. (2014) “Comparative Institutional Advantage in Europe’s Sovereign Debt Crisis”.  Comparative Political Studies. 47(13) 1771-1800.
  • Hamann, K., Johnston AL and Kelly, J.  (2013) “Striking Concessions from Governments: Explaining the Success of General Strikes in Western Europe, 1980-2009.”  Comparative Politics, 46(1):23-41.
  • Hamann, K., Johnston AL, and Kelly, J.  (2013) “Unions Against Governments: Explaining General Strikes in Western Europe, 1980-2006”.  Comparative Political Studies.  46(9): 1030-1057.
  • Johnston AL, and Barr, N. (2013) "Student Loan Reform, Interest Subsidies and Costly Technicalities: Lessons from the UK Experience," Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 35(2): 167-178.
  • Johnston AL (2012) “European Economic and Monetary Union's Perverse Effects on Sectoral Wage Inflation: Negative Feedback Effects from Institutional Change?”. European Union Politics.  Vol. 13, No. 3: 345-366.