Emily Johnson is the Brian and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor of Russian at the University of Oklahoma. She holds a Ph.D. in Russian literature from Columbia University as well as a Harriman certificate in Russian and East European Studies. She is the author of How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself: The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie (Penn State Press, 2006; forthcoming in Russian translation with Academic Studies Press), which won the South Central Modern Language Association book prize in cultural studies and the Nikolai Antsiferov prize for the best book on St. Petersburg by a non-Russian author. She edited and translated Arsenii Formakov, Gulag Letters (Yale University Press, 2017), which received the AATSEEL prize for best scholarly translation, and, along with Julie Buckler, coedited of Rites of Place: Public Commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe (Northwestern 2013). More recently, along with Alan Barenberg, she co-edited Rethinking the Gulag: Identities, Sources, Legacies (Indiana University press, 2022)
Johnson has been an active in ASEEES for over twenty-five years and has served on the association’s Mentoring Committee, Travel Grant Selection Committee, and Committee on Academic Freedom and Advocacy. Her service to other associations includes terms as Vice-President of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, the Executive Director of the South Central Modern Language Association, and chair of the MLA Division Executive Committee for Slavic. She is on the Editorial Board of World Literature Today. Johnson is interested in serving on the ASEEES Board because she sees it as an opportunity to give back to an organization that has supported her throughout her career. She appreciates the opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange that the Association provides at its convention and through its publications and wants to ensure that ASEEES remains a welcoming and accessible base of support for scholars with diverse interests and backgrounds as well as at varied career stages.