|Ph.D. (Stanford University)
Associate Professor of Literature of the Americas
Primary Office: LIT 431
Primary Phone: Contact Department
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Affiliated Faculty in The Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies
Affiliated Faculty for Department of Ethnic Studies
Affiliated Faculty in Critical Gender Studies
Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award Winner, 2012
UCSD Hellman Fellow
Research and teaching areas include literature and theory of the Hispanophone, Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean and its diasporas; inter-American literature; the Age of Revolution in the extended Americas; African-American literature; music and dance of the African Diaspora; hemispheric american cultural studies.
Sara Johnson received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and her B.A. in Comparative Literature and African American Studies from Yale University. She is currently working on a book documenting the work of Moreau de Saint-Méry, a late eighteenth-century Caribbean intellectual. Her book The Fear of French Negroes: Transcolonial Collaboration in the Revolutionary Americas (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012) is an inter-disciplinary study that explores how people of African descent responded to the collapse and reconsolidation of colonial life in the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1845). Using visual culture, popular music and dance, periodical literature, historical memoirs, and state papers, the book traces expressions of transcolonial black politics, both aesthetic and experiential, in places including Hispaniola, Louisiana, Jamaica, and Cuba. It was published by the University of California Press as part of the Modern Language initiative, a partnership between the Modern Language Association, the Mellon Foundation, and several university presses. Johnson is the co-editor of Kaiso! Writings By and About Katherine Dunham (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, Studies in Dance History Series, 2006) and Una ventana a Cuba y los Estudios cubanos (San Juan: Ediciones Callejon, Spring 2010). Kaiso! was named one of the top ten arts books of 2006. She has performed extensive research abroad, living in Senegal, Cuba, Haiti and Martinique. Recent fellowships include those from the Ford Foundation, the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Program, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Hellman Fund.
|The Fear of French Negroes: Transcolonial Collaboration in the Revolutionary Americas. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
Awarded Honorable Mention for the 2013 William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize from the Modern Language Association
|Una ventana a Cuba y los Estudios cubanos. Co-edited with Amalia Cabezas, Ivette Hernández-Torres and Rodrigo Lazo. San Juan: Ediciones Callejon, Spring 2010.|
|Kaiso! Writings By and About Katherine Dunham. Co-edited with VeVe Clark. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.|