Department Chair:
Jeffrey Pence

Administrative Assistant:
Sue Elkevizth

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8570
Fax: (440) 775-8684

Rice Hall 130
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Gillian Johns

Gillian Johns

Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies

Contact Information


Rice Hall 110
(440) 775-8921

Personal Office Hours:
By appointment

Gillian Johns

Gillian Johns

Educational Background

  • B.S., Slippery Rock University, 1984
  • M.A., Temple University, 1992
  • Ph.D., Temple University, 1999

I regularly teach courses in American and African American literature and literary culture, in such areas as African American detective fiction, modern African American literary humor and irony, black women writers and autobiographical subjectivity, modernism in Chicago cultures of letters, and orality and literacy in works by major black writers. I have a special interest in modernist black authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, and have conducted research on these authors. Some of my more general interests are in rhetoric and reader response theory; humor, comedy, and irony; critical race theory; narrative and genre theory; and transformations in high and low cultural studies.