Theodore Roosevelt Johnson, III is an opinion columnist, speaker, 2011-2012 White House Fellow, and military officer. He writes and speaks on issues of race and politics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Hampton University and a Master’s degree with an International Relations concentration from Harvard University. In 2014, he began doctoral studies at Northeastern University. He is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
While in high school, Theodore published his first article in response to a harsh critique of the school’s Black History Month program. It was this experience that introduced him to power of the pen and engaging in important dialogue. After years of writing for primarily academic and professional endeavors, he’s returned to writing to engage in the numerous ongoing national conversations and contribute to the societal dialogue. Since then, Theodore work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Salon, The Hill, and a number of other publications writing primarily on issues of race relations, public policy, and current national news topics.
White House Fellow
In June 2011, Theodore was a recipient of the White House Fellowship, the nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service. As a White House Fellow, Theodore worked as the Cyber Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy undertaking cybersecurity initiatives to secure the nation’s electric grid. Additionally, he had the privilege of meeting with the President, his senior advisors, and members of his Cabinet, among other government and private-sector leadership.
Theodore has honorably served as a naval officer for over 15 years. As a Commander in the United States Navy and cybersecurity expert, he has lived and traveled to every corner of the world, taken part in national security operations, and been part of international humanitarian assistance efforts following natural disasters. His opinion writings are his own and do not necessarily represent the positions of the United States government. His professional writings, however, have become official Navy publications and published in military journals. His research in Africa, South America, and Europe led to formulation of international engagement planning in use today by Navy units worldwide.