Professor Ronald Johnson
Ronald Johnson, Professor Emeritus
Ronald Johnson is a specialist in nineteenth-century (19th) American cultural history with an emphasis in gender, race, and post-Civil War culture.
He is the co-author (with Abby Arthur Johnson) of Propaganda and Aesthetics: the Literary Politics of African American Periodicals in the Twentieth Century (University of Massachusetts Press, rev. ed. 1992) and is currently working (with Abby Arthur Johnson) on a cultural history of Congressional Cemetery, Washington D.C. as the first national cemetery in the United States. Professor Johnson has served on the American Studies Committee since 1975 and was director/chair from 1979-1985 and 1989-2000.
Professor Johnson has offered courses on the American cultural experience, focusing on literary developments, such as his course on “Mark Twain’s America, 1870-1900,” or technological and reform history as in his “Perfecting America: Reform, Technology, and Society, 1830-1900.” He has also taught a course on “What Is An American? — Studies in Cultural Identity in the United States.”