Robert Johnson is an associate professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame whose work encompasses international trade, macroeconomics, and economic growth. His research explores globalization and how the rise of global value chains has altered trade and macroeconomic interdependence between countries. 

His research interests include global economic governance, such as how international economic institutions mediate conflicts between advanced and emerging markets that have appeared due to increasing trade and financial integration; the impacts of trade integration on developing countries; and the integration of markets within developing countries. 

He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor at the Journal of Economic Development and the Journal of the European Economic Association. He has written articles for a number of academic journals, including the widely-cited “Trade and Prices with Heterogenous Firms” (2012) in the Journal of International Economics. He was previously an associate professor at Dartmouth University and served as a consultant and visiting scholar at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. 

He earned a BA from Northwestern University, an MSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.