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Kara Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Northwestern University


Kara Johnson (PhD, Northwestern University) specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American literature, women’s writing, and representations of labor in American fiction and poetry.  Her teaching interests include writing composition, American literature, gender studies, and film.  She holds several awards for research and teaching, including a Newberry Library fellowship, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities graduate affiliateship, The Lyon’s Pride Fellowship for Women’s and Gender Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and the Northwestern English Department’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.  Alongside her work at Northwestern, she teaches courses in literature and writing at The Odyssey Project, a non-profit run by Illinois Humanities, which focuses on adult education.


"Two Stories at the Same Time: Silent Narratives of Enslavement in Pudd’nhead Wilson," The Mark Twain Annual, (vol. 14, Fall 2016):  41-55.

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