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Emily Johnson

Professor of Russian

Copeland Hall 120B


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Dr. Emily Johnson earned her Ph.D. in Russian literature from Columbia University. 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, Russian popular culture, and the documentary heritage of the Soviet labor camp system. Dr. Johnson has received a number of awards 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), the Vice-President for Research's Award for Outstanding Research Engagement (2012), and the Brian and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professorship (2020). Her 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. For her work on Arsenii Formakov, Gulag Letters, translated, edited and introduced by Emily D. Johnson (Yale University Press, 2017), Dr. Johnson received the 2018 AATSEEL Book Prize for best scholarly translation. 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. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal World Literature Today. At OU, she teaches Russian language courses at all levels and a broad range of courses in Russian literature and culture both in Russian and in translation.


Selected Publications:

Emily D. Johnson, Irina Reyfman, and Carol Ueland, eds.  From Pushkin to Putin: Essays on Russian Literature by Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy.  Under contract with Academic Studies Press. 2023.

Alan Barenberg and Emily D. Johnson, ed., Rethinking the Gulag: Sources, Identities, Legacies.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2022. In press. 

Emily D. Johnson, “Remembering Chernobyl through the Lens of Post-Soviet Nostalgia,” Otto Boele, Ksenia Robbe, and Boris Noordenbos, eds. Post-Soviet Nostalgia: Confronting the Empire’s Legacies, Routledge Studies in Cultural History (New York: Routledge, 2019): 115-32. 

Arsenii Formakov, Gulag Letters, edited, translated, and introduced by Emily D. Johnson (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).  

Julie Buckler and Emily D. Johnson, eds, Rites of Place: Public Commemoration and Celebration in Russia and Eastern Europe (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2013).  

Julie A. Cassiday and Emily D. Johnson, “Putin, Putiniana, and the Question of a Post-Soviet Cult of Personality,” Slavonic and East European Review 88:4 (October 2010): 681-707.   

Emily D. Johnson, How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself: The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie, Studies of the Harriman Institute (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006).



PhD in Russian Literature. Columbia University. 2000

M Phil in Russian Literature. Columbia University. 1995

Harriman Certificate in Russian and East European Studies. Columbia University. 1991

MA in Russian Literature. Columbia University. 1990

BA in Russian Civilization. UCLA. 1987


Teaching Schedule for Fall 2023:

RUSS 4173-001 19th C Russian Literature  KH 330, TR 9:00-10:15

MLLL 3193-001 Trauma, Memory, Narrative  PHSC 404, T/R 15:00-16:15