Meet the Associate Dean
Kerry L. Johnson
Professor of English and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts
Dr. Kerry L. Johnson earned her B.A. in the Honors English Program at the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa. She has been a faculty member at Merrimack for seventeen years and is completing her final year as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts. She has collaborated with faculty to launch new programs in the School of Liberal Arts, including a new major in Social Justice, and she continues to work on a new initiative that explores the interdisciplinary connections between creativity and values. Her teaching and scholarship focus on modernist British and Irish literature, Anglophone Caribbean literature and postcolonial literatures. Dr. Johnson most recently co-edited Rhys Matters: New Critical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) a collection of essays on Caribbean modernist writer Jean Rhys. Additionally, she has presented papers on writers such as James Joyce, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield, Wilson Harris and Patricia Powell at a number of national and international conferences, and has published essays in such journals as Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of Caribbean Literatures and World Literature Written in English. Dr. Johnson served as President of the Faculty Senate during 2008-09 and is currently chair of the Merrimack College Speakers Series, which will be bringing Jon Favreau, President Obama’s former speechwriter, to campus in April.