Kelli Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelli Johnson

Affiliate, Justice and Community Studies

Associate Professor, English

225 Rentchler Hall
513-785-3036
johnso58@MiamiOH.edu

Dr. Johnson’s research interests focus on human trafficking and contemporary slavery, in particular narratives of community, advocacy, and human rights. Past research includes Julia Alvarez: Writing a New Place on the Map (New Mexico, 2005), Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women's Theater (co-editor, Miami University Press, 2009), two essays on contemporary slave narratives, and half a dozen articles on U.S. ethnic women’s literature. She is also co-author of the 2010 Ohio Civic Health Index: Mobilizing Ohio’s Civic Potential.

Education

  • Ph.D., English, Northern Illinois University and Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies
  • M.A., French, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A., French, University of Iowa

Teaching

  • Introduction to Nonprofits
  • Practica in Civic and Regional Development
  • Capstone in Civic and Regional Development
  • Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery

Professional affiliations

  • Board Member, Lane Public Library, 2010 – present; Secretary, 2013; Vice President, 2014
  • Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton, 2010 – 2013
  • Member, (Ohio) State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights, 2008 – 2010; 2010 - 2012 (nominated and appointed)
  • Co-Chair, Self-Sufficiency Action Council, Butler County United Way, 2009 – 2011
  • Community Impact Council, Butler County United Way, 2009 – 2011
  • Butler County Family and Civic Engagement Committee, 2010 – 2011
  • Hamilton Vision Commission, 2010 - 2011

Publications

Books

Julia Alvarez: Writing a New Place on the Map. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005. (author)

Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women's Theater. Oxford, Ohio: Miami University Press, 2009. (co-editor with Ann Elizabeth Armstrong and William A. Wortman)

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

“‘If I got a chance to talk to the world’: Children’s Narratives of Slavery and the Problem and Promise of Voice.” (chapter accepted for the edited collection “When Is a Child a Slave? Child Slavery before and after Emancipation,” under contract with Cambridge University Press)

“The New Slave Narrative: Advocacy and Human Rights in Stories of Contemporary Slavery.” Journal of Human Rights 12.3 (June 2013): 242 – 258.

“Writing Home: Mapping Puerto Rican Collective Memory in The House on the Lagoon.” Writing Of(f) the Hyphen: Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Ed. José Torres-Padilla and Carmen H. Rivera. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008. 239-55.

"Writing Deeper Maps: Mapmaking, Local Indigenous Knowledges, and Literary Nationalism in Native Women's Writing." Studies in American Indian Literatures 19.4 (Winter 2007): 103 - 20.

"’The Terrible Moral Disinheritance of Exile’: Asymptosy and Dis-integration in Julia Alvarez’s In the Name of Salomé." Journal of Caribbean Literatures 4.1 (Fall 2005):149-61.

“Acts of War, Acts of Memory: ‘Dead-Body Politics’ in U. S. Latina Fiction of the Salvadoran Civil War.” Latino Studies 3.1 (Fall 2005): 200-225.

“Violence in the Borderlands: Crossing to the Home Space in the Novels of Ana Castillo.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 25.1 (Spring 2004): 39-58.

“Trujillo from Both Sides of the Massacre: Collective Memory and Narrative Space in Julia Alvarez and Edwidge Danticat.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 36.2 (June 2003): 75-91.

“Lost in el olvido: Translation and Collective Memory in Achy Obejas’s Days of Awe.” The Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingüe 27.1 (January 2003): 34-44.

Review Essays

“Reframing Contemporary Slavery Studies: The Legacy of Slavery and Antislavery in the Contemporary Struggle for Human Rights” In Human Rights Review (forthcoming, 2014).

Book Reviews

Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations. By Mishuana Goeman. (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) in Great Plains Quarterly (Spring 2014).

Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity. By David J. Vázquez. (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). In Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Fall 2013).

Listening to the Land: Native American Literary Responses to the Landscape. By Lee Schweninger. (University of Georgia Press, 2008) in Great Plains Quarterly (2009).

Other Publications

Ohio Civic Health Report: Mobilizing Ohio’s Civic Potential. Miami University Hamilton and the National Conference and Citizenship, 2010. (co-author with Annie Miller)