Cyraina Johnson-Roullier


Associate Professor of English
Concurrent Associate Professor, American Studies
Concurrent Associate Professor, Gender Studies

Specialty: Modern, American, and African American literatures, literature of the Americas, cultural, race, feminist and postcolonial theory, transnational, interdisciplinary and comparative studies

Degrees: BSJ, Ohio University; MA, Ohio State University; MA, PhD, State University of New York, Buffalo

Cyraina Johnson-Roullier is the author of Reading on the Edge: Exiles, Modernities and Cultural Transformation in Proust, Joyce and Baldwin (SUNY, 2000), and has published essays on modernism, literary and feminist theory, African-American literature and literature of the Americas. She has received a Ford Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship and numerous internal grants and awards, including two Henkels Visiting Scholars Series grants and a Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Educators grant which brought Professor Hortense Spillers to the Notre Dame campus.  Professor Johnson-Roullier has held visiting appointments in Literature of the Americas in the Franke Institute and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, and in Emergent Literatures (Literature of the Americas) at the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, focused on modernist and gender studies, American and African American literature, cultural, race, feminist and postcolonial theory, and hemispheric approaches to American literature. Professor Johnson-Roullier is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Demo/dernity:  American Modernism and the Atlantic World, 1776-1903.  She is a member of the Executive Council of the International American Studies Association (IASA), and has served as editor-in-chief of IASA’s Review of International American Studies since Spring 2010.


Recent Publications


Recent Honors and Awards

  • NEH Participant Grant for the Newberry Library Summer Institute “Making Modernism:  Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955, June 2013
  • Appointed Board Member, ICI: Issues in Critical Investigation: The African Diaspora, Dr. Hortense Spillers, Vanderbilt University,, November 2008
  • Appointed Editor-in-Chief, Review of International American Studies, March 2010
  • Elected to the Executive Council, International Association of American Studies, July 2013


Contact Information
260 Decio Faculty Hall
(574) 631-7069

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556