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Justin Johnston

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012.
Contemporary Anglophone literature; biopolitics and biotechnology in post-1945 novels; feminist theories of embodiment; postcolonial critiques of humanism; ecological criticism.
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  • Biography


    Justin Omar Johnston is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Stony Brook University. He received his Ph.D. (2012) in Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His current research examines how biotechnology and climate change have affected representations of “the human” in contemporary novels. Johnston’s book project,   The Prosthetic Novel , examines how clones, animal-human hybrids, and toxic bodies have proliferated across a variety of internationally acclaimed literary texts during the 21st century. These bodies are weighted down by the history of 20th century biopolitics, even as they anticipate still emergent forms of subjectivity. This area of work has fueled a sustained passion for the fields of feminist body theory, postcolonial criticism, animal studies, and eco-criticism. His forthcoming article “The Human Ailment: A ‘Nother World in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People” points to the ongoing obstructions of western humanism in confronting ecological disasters in postcolonial contexts. Johnston teaches courses on Anglophone and Postcolonial literature, Science and Literature, 20th Century Literature, and various other courses.

  • Education


    Ph.D. University of Wisconsin;
    Literary Studies Graduate Minor: Philosophy of the Body 
    Dissertation: The Prosthetic Novel and Posthuman Bodies: Literature and Biotechnology in the 21st Century. (2012)

    M.A. University of Wisconsin; 
    Literary Studies (2004)

    B.A. University of Wisconsin; 
    English (1998-2002)

  • Academic Awards and Fellowships


    Vollrath Dissertation Fellowship, English Department Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011).

    Advanced Opportunity Graduate Research Fellowship for Underrepresented Students, Graduate Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009).

    Selected by The Centre for Humanities at Utrecht University, Netherlands, for Elizabeth Grosz’s Masterclass Seminar, “The Future of Feminist Studies” (2007).

  • Selected Publications


    Forthcoming: Johnston, Justin Omar. “The Human Aliment: A Nother World in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People." Twentieth-Century Literature. Duke University Press.

    Under Review: Johnston, Justin Omar. “A Feeling of Attachment: The Politics of Fences in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.” Modern Fiction Studies. Purdue University Press.

    Johnston, Justin Omar. “Interracial Identity in Richard Power’s The Time of Our Singing.”Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities 1.1 (2011).

    Johnston, Justin Omar. “Interracial Identity in Richard Power’s The Time of Our Singing.”    Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities 1.1 (2011).

    Johnston, Justin Omar. “Three Postindustrial Manifestos: Deleuze, Haraway, and Preciado.”    Puerto Del Sol: A Journal of New Literature (Forthcoming). New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

  • Conference Papers and Presentations


    “Petrochemical Animals and Non-Human Elements in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People.” ASLE. University of Idaho; Moscow, Idaho. June 23-27, 2015.

    “Biotechnology and the Legacy of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth: What is Left of Multiculturalism?” NeMLA. Toronto, April 30- May 3, 2015.

    “Futures of Bewilderment in Charlie Booker’s Black Mirror and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.” NeMLA. Toronto, April 30- May 3, 2015.

    “Behavioral Economics and Dystopian Narratives.” ACLA. University of Washington; Seattle, March 26-29, 2015.

    “Genre and Bewilderment in Charlie Booker’s Black Mirror and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.” Southwest Popular Culture Conference. Al. February 11-15, 2015.

    “Research and Teaching Statements in the Arts and Humanities.” Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) Faculty Career Week. Stony Brook University; New York. May 7, 2014.

    “The Human Ailment and the ‘Nother World’ in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People. ACLA: New York University; New York. March 17, 2014.

    “Postcolonial Environmentalism and the Question of the Posthuman in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People.” Invited Lecture; State University of New York, Stony Brook. February 6, 2012.

    “Prosthetic Regimes of Power and Knowledge: Biotechnology and Posthuman Bodies.” Mellon Panel: What is the Posthuman? Posthuman Futures: Emerging Work Across the Disciplines; University of Wisconsin, Madison; April 21, 2009.

    “Transforming Risk in Posthuman Bodies: An Analysis of Control in Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.” The Inhuman: Investigating Continental Thought in the Humanities; York University, Toronto; October 3-4, 2008

    “1984 and the Heterosexual State.” The 3rd Annual MadLit Conference on Language and Literature: Re-imagining, Re-inventing, and Re-reading; University of Wisconsin, Madison; April 19-21, 2007

    “Writing in Public: The Profession of Literature,” Moderator. The Contemporary Literature Colloquium: University of Wisconsin, Madison; September 15, 2005.

  • Courses


    Fall 2013  

    English 320:    Contemporary Anglophone Novel  
    English 376:    Postcolonial Literatures

    Spring 2013

    English 192.3:    Introduction to Fiction, "21st Century Novels and Techno-Bodies"  
    English 394:    "Literature and Science: Cells, Animals, Environments"

    Fall 2012

    English 192.5:    Introduction to Fiction, "21st Century Novels and Post-Apocalyptic Anxiety"  
    English 192.7:    Introduction to Fiction, "21st Century Novels and Post-Apocalyptic Anxiety"

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