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Laurie R Johnson

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Contact Information

1205 W. Oregon (Campus Honors Program), Urbana, IL 61801
3108 LCLB (School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics), 707 W. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Fall 2023 and Spring 2024: I am not teaching this year; please mail me for an appointment at Appointments in the Campus Honors House, 1205 W. Oregon Ave., Urbana
Director, Campus Honors Program


Laurie Johnson works on eighteenth- through twenty-first-century intellectual history, literature, psychology, philosophy, and visual studies, with emphasis on Romanticism and its afterlife. She has published four books and numerous articles and essays. Her work has been supported by grants from the Fulbright and Humboldt foundations as well as by the German Academic Exchange Service. Johnson has won several teaching awards, and was named Helen Corley Petit Scholar at the University of Illinois for exceptional research and teaching while on the tenure track. She has taught and researched at public and private universities, a liberal arts college, and a community college, and has studied or researched at several institutions overseas, including the Universities of Cologne, Tübingen, and Regensburg, and the German Film Archive in Berlin. Johnson has coached faculty around the country for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's Faculty Success Program, and she was a Campus Workshop Facilitator for the NCFDD. She also was Visiting Professor for a year at the University of Ghent. 

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Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures
Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literature
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Director, Honors Program, Office of the Provost
Professor, European Union Center

Recent Publications

Johnson, L. R., Kraemer, A., & Niekerk, C. H. (2021). German Fairy Tales and Folklore in a Global Context. The German Quarterly, 94(2).

Johnson, L. R., Kraemer, A., & Niekerk, C. (2021). Introduction: German Fairy Tales and Folklore in a Global Context. German Quarterly, 94(2), 160-164.

Johnson, L. R., & Niekerk, C. H. (2020). Fascism in the Classroom in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In M. P. Rovan, & M. Wehler (Eds.), Lessons from Hogwarts: Essays on the Pedagogy of Harry Potter (pp. 155-169). McFarland.

Johnson, L. R. (2020). Romantic Vision as Romantic History in Werner Herzog's Invincible. estetica. studi e ricerche, (1), 25–42.

Johnson, L. R. (2020). The Cinematic Afterlife of German Romanticism. In E. Millán Brusslan (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of German Romantic Philosophy (pp. 317-344). (Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism). Palgrave Macmillan.

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