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Associate Professor of Russian, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Emily Johnson is an Associate Professor of Russian. Before coming to the University of Oklahoma, she taught at Columbia University, Hofstra University, Drew University, and Williams College. Her research interests include the Petersburg myth and text, contemporary Russian political culture, and the documentary heritage of the Soviet labor camp system.

Dr. Johnson has received a number of faculty awards since arriving at the University of Oklahoma, including the Cecil W. Woods Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001), the Irene Rothbaum Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences (2005), the Dean’s Outstanding Academic Advising Award from the College of Arts and Sciences (2008), the Gary B. Cohen Award from the School of International and Area Studies (2009), and the Vice-President for Research's Award for Oustanding Research Engagement (2012).

Her first book, "How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself: The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie" (Penn State University Press, 2006), won both the Antsiferov Prize for the Best Work on the City of St. Petersburg by a Foreign Author and the SCMLA Book Prize in Cultural Studies. Dr. Johnson’s research has been funded by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the South Central Modern Language Association, the American Council of Teachers of Russian, the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. Dr. Johnson is a Senior Contributing Editor at the journal World Literature Today.


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    Associate Professor of Russian, University of Oklahoma