Cyraina Johnson-Roullier

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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 the African-Americanist and black feminist scholar 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 literature of the Americas. Professor Johnson-Roullier is currently working on a book manuscript entitled DEMO/dernity: Atlantic Moderns, Americanness and (Re)Imagining the Human through Law and Utopia.  She is a member of the Executive Council of the International American Studies Association (IASA), and served as Editor-in-Chief of International American Studies Association’s Review of International American Studies from 2010 until 2017.


Recent Publications


Recent Honors and Awards

  • Appointed to the Executive Board of CPS Lives (a Chicago nonprofit), Spring 2020
  • Appointed Artist-in-Residence 2020-21 (Anti-Racist Workshop Facilitator), CPS Lives, AY 2020-21
  • Presenter, 2013-14 Newberry Library Inaugural American Literature Seminar
  • 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


Contact Information
260 Deecio Hall
(574) 631-7069

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556