On leave Fall 2011
278 Bachelor Hall
513 529 7520
- Associate Professor
- Ph.D. in Drama History, Theory, and Criticism, University of Washington 1996
- M.A. in German Languages and Literatures, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1990
- B.A. in German and Peace Studies, St. Olaf College 1985
- American drama
- Gender studies
- Film theory
- Performance studies and theory
- American drama
- Feminist film theory
- Eugene O’Neill
- Performance theory and performance studies
- “When Strange is Good: A Neo-Futurist Strange Interlude.” Eugene O’Neill Review 31 (Fall 2009): 114–121.
- Sisters in Sin: the Image of the Prostitute on the New York Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, American Drama Series, 2006. Paperback issued in 2009.
- “Before Katrina: Performative Downpours in Rain & The Deluge (1922).” Modern Drama 52.3 (Fall 2009): 351 – 368.
- “From Camille to Lulu Belle: Constructing the Black Prostitute in the American Brothel Drama.” Querying Difference in Theatre History. Ed. Ann Haugo and Scott Magelssen. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
- “The Salvation Lass, Her Harlot Friend, and Slum Realism in Edward Sheldon’s Salvation Nell (1908).” Theatre History Studies 26.1 (2006): 88-107.
- “Anna Christie: the Repentant Courtesan, Made Respectable.” Eugene O’Neill Review 26 (June 2004): 87-104.
- “Rachel Crothers’ Ourselves: Feminist Dramaturgy in the Brothel Drama.” Journal of American Drama & Theatre 15.3 (Fall 2003): 101-121.
- “Damaged Goods: Sex Hysteria and the Prostitute Fatale.” Theatre Survey 44 (May 2003): 43-67.
- “Zaza: That Obtruding Harlot of the Stage.” Theatre Journal 54 (May 2002): 223-43. Winner of the Gerald Kahan Award for Best Essay in North America by a Younger Scholar in Theatre Studies.
- “Command Performances: Staging Native Americans at Tillicum Village.” Co-written with Tamara Underiner. Selling the Indian: Commercialism and the Appropriation of American Indian Cultures, ed. Carter Jones Meyer and Diana Royer. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001.
- “Televising the Panopticon: The Myth of ‘Reality-Based’ TV.” American Drama 8.2 (1999): 1-26. Chosen as one of the best 25 essays in ten years by the editors of American Drama. Finalist for the “Best of American Drama” essays.
Grants & Awards
- College of Arts & Science Distinguished Educator Award, Miami University (2009–2010)
- Teaching Excellence Award, Miami University Center for the Enhancement for Teaching (2010)
- Nominee, Miami Alumni Effective Teacher (2007 & 2008)
- Nominee, Outstanding Professor, by Miami’s Associated Student Government (2004 & 2005)
- Gerald Kahan Award for best essay in the field of theatre studies in North America by a young scholar in 2002, awarded by the American Society for Theatre Research
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2001
Work in Progress
Dr. Johnson is currently at work on Sex for Sale: American Brothel Plays, 1909-1926, a critical anthology of unpublished early twentieth-century American plays about prostitution.
She is also working on a project called Razing the Great White Way: Toward a New Genealogy of Broadway’s Golden Era, a book project of theatrical criticism that re-reads (or, queers) traditional histories of Broadway to allow for previously overlooked intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.