Alexandra Johnson


Alexandra (Alex) Johnson holds an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the Graduate Center CUNY, as well as a B.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Purchase, and a B.A. in Media and Communication from the University of Southern Maine. Prior to coming to UConn, she worked as an adjunct professor of Philosophy at SUNY Purchase. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Pop Culture Interest Group at the National Women’s Studies Association, as well as the founder of the annual #16Stories campaign that highlights local and global acts of feminist activism.
In addition to interest in philosophy of language and epistemology, Alex uses her background in media theory and feminist philosophy to work on the analysis of gender and sexuality representation in popular fiction. Her past academic aims have been to bring feminist philosophy and media/literary theory together in a way that critiques the impact that fictional narratives have on our social and cultural experience. You can follow her on Twitter @ aestamson and find more info on her current publications below.

Publications
• Crafting Representation: Deploying Racecrafting Techniques to Critique Gender- and Sexuality-Swapping in HBO’s Lovecraft Country
• This article engages with feminist and queer theory to understand the failures that came with the swapping of gender and sexuality in the adaptation of Lovecraft Country from page to screen, even amongst the success of the show. Specifically, this article engages with Fields and Fields conceptualization of ‘racecraft’ to identify similar terrain in gender and sexuality.
• Generative Disruption and Queer Sharing: Accessibility and Community in Graduate Learning during COVID-19
• This chapter traces a graduate research project at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways that graduate learning was productively changed during the pandemic, and pedagogical lessons that can be learned from the pandemic.
Upcoming
• Narcissistic Fathers and Powered Daughters – forthcoming 2022 in Kinship in the Fiction of N.K. Jemisin: Relations of Power and Resistance
• This chapter is a deep-dive into kinship and the links between the patriarchal figure, the patriarchy system, and the agency of daughters within that system, and how narcissism plays into the roles of family by looking at the ways that the father/daughter relationship plays out in N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy.

Contact Information
Emailalexandra.2.johnson@uconn.edu