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Office of the Provost

Kerry L. Johnson, Ph.D.

Vice Provost

Kerry Johnson joined Merrimack College in 1996 as an assistant professor of English, and was promoted to professor of English in 2013. She served as president of the Faculty Senate in 2008-09 and was associate dean of liberal arts from 2010-14.

Johnson has collaborated with faculty to launch new programs in the School of Liberal Arts, including a new major in social justice and a master’s degree in public affairs, and she continues to work on a new initiative that explores the interdisciplinary connections between creativity and values. In her role as vice provost, she is directing the honors program and the liberal studies program.

Johnson is a graduate of the honors English program at the University of Michigan and holds a doctorate in English from the University of Iowa. Her teaching and scholarship focus on modernist British and Irish literature, Anglophone Caribbean literature and postcolonial literatures.

Johnson most recently co-edited “Rhys Matters: New Critical Perspectives” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), a collection of essays on Caribbean modernist writer Jean Rhys, which was a finalist for the Modernist Studies Association’s first book award for an edited volume.

Additionally, she has presented papers on writers such as Rhys, James Joyce, 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. She was also an American Council of Education Fellow at the University of New Hampshire during 2014-15.


Ph.D., English, University of Iowa
B.A., English, University of Michigan


Provost’s Suite, Austin Hall