Theodore Roosevelt Johnson, III is a public policy scholar, 2011-2012 White House Fellow, and military veteran. He also writes and speaks on issues of social justice, race, and politics. He is a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University (expected completion June 2016) where he is focusing on political behavior. He holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from Hampton University. He is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Public Policy Scholar & Practitioner
Theodore has more than 15 years of public policy experience in federal departments and agencies. He has conducted doctoral research focused on translating increased civic engagement into tangible policy outcomes, particularly for disenfranchised and subjugated communities. He’s an exceptional written and oral executive-level communicator with a proven ability to synthesize and convey complex issues to a variety of audiences, including Congressional testimony, media engagements, speeches, and op-eds in national newspapers. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, National Review, and a number of other publications writing primarily on issues of race relations, public policy, and current national news topics. He’s also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR talk radio discussing racial justice and public policy.
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 honorably served as a naval officer for over 20 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.