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Nathaniel Johnson, Lieutenant Commander, USCG, M.A., M.A.O.L

Government, Deputy Department Chair, Instructor Department of Humanities
cga badge LCDR Johnson is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a 2003 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. As an officer, LCDR Johnson served as a Deck Watch Officer, Gunnery Officer, and Weapons Department Head on USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719) in Alameda, California and as a Maritime Homeland Security planner, Maritime Risk analyst, and liaison to U.S. Navy Third Fleet for Commander, Pacific Area from 2003 to 2007. From 2007 to 2010, LCDR Johnson served as a Command Duty Officer and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator for the Seventeenth District Commander in Juneau, Alaska. LCDR Johnson was then assigned as Enforcement Division Chief at Sector Buffalo, and was responsible for all maritime law enforcement operations on Eastern Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as operations with U.S. Border Patrol and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. From 2013 to 2017, LCDR Johnson served as the Command Center Chief and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator for both the Eleventh District and Pacific Area Commanders in the combined PAC/D11 Command Center and, in that role, coordinated operations with multinational task forces, Department of Defense Combatant Commanders, and U.S. State emergency operations officials. LCDR Johnson is the 2003 recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Humanities Award and has earned Master’s Degrees in Organizational Leadership and Philosophy, specializing in corporate social responsibility, ethics, and meta-ethics. His favorite hobbies include running and kayaking, woodworking, and building and playing stringed instruments. He lives in Madison with his spouse, CDR Maureen Johnson (Class of 2001), and children, Alex and Norah.


  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Connecticut
  • M.A., Organizational Leadership, Baker University
  • B.S., Government, United States Coast Guard Academy

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Moral and Ethical Philosophy
  • Moral, Ethical, and Political Philosophy

Contact Information

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