Cyraina Johnson-Roullier


Associate Professor
Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies

Specialty: Modern Literature and cultural theory, literature of the Americas

Degrees: B.S.J., Ohio University; M.A., Ohio State University; M.A., Ph.D., 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 Presidential Fellowship at the State University of New York, Buffalo; a Research Fellowship from the Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence at Liberal Arts Colleges; a Ford Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship; and numerous internal grants and awards, including a Henkels Visiting Scholars Series grant. She 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 cultural and feminist theory,  gender and ethnic studies and hemispheric approaches to American literature, and primarily engaging the work of both black and white American modernists. 

Professor Johnson-Roullier is currently working on two book manuscripts, the first entitled Invisible Wo/Men: Gender, Modernity, and Harlem’s Representations of Race, and the second entitled Confounded Identities: A Modernist Perspective on ‘Race,’ Essentialism and the Rhetoric of Power. She is the Program Director for the Americas and Global Cultures in the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, a Fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies, and a member of the Executive Council of the International American Studies Association (IASA).  She served as co-editor of IASA’s Review of International American Studies from 2006-2010 and was appointed editor-in-chief of the journal in Spring 2010.


Recent Publications


Recent Honors and Awards

  • Board Member, ICI:  Issues in Critical Investigation:  The African Diaspora, Dr. Hotense Spillers, Vanderbilt University,, November 2008
  • Editor-in-Chief, Review of International American Studies, March 2010
  • Executive Council, International Association of American Studies, January 2006
  • Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies, October 2005
  • Program Director, Americas and Global Cultures, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, November 2005


Contact Information
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(574) 631-7069

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