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Faculty and Staff

Johnson, Nancy

Ph.D., McGill University

Chair/Associate Prof

Department: English
Office: JFT 412
Phone: (845) 257-2747

Office Hours

On Leave

Career History

1996-98 Associate Editor, Private Papers of James Boswell, Yale University
1998-04 Assistant Professor, SUNY New Paltz
2004-Present Associate Professor, SUNY New Paltz

Teaching Interests

Nancy E. Johnson teaches eighteenth-century literature and contemporary literary theory.

Research/Creative Activity

Her research interests are in the eighteenth-century novel, the 1790s, and law and literature.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

2010 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
2003, 04, 06, 09 Senior Warnock Fellow, Yale Boswell Editions
2000, 04, 07, 09 , 12 Research and Creative Projects Award, SUNY New Paltz
2002, 10 Professional Development Award, SUNY New Paltz
2002 Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Grant.
SUNYNew Paltz



“The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, Vol. 6, 1790-June 1791.” Edited Book Manuscript. London: Oxford University Press (Forthcoming 2015).

The English Jacobin Novel on Rights, Property and the Law: Critiquing the Contract. Houndmills: Palgrave Press, 2004.


“Wollstonecraft and Godwin: Dialogues.” Cambridge Companion to British Writing on the French Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

“Fashioning the Legal Subject: Narratives from the London Treason Trials of 1794. Eighteenth-Century Fiction. 21 (No. 3, Spring, 2009).

“’Seated on her bags of dollars’: Representations of America in the English Jacobin Novel.” Dalhousie Review. Vol. 82, No. 2 (February 2003). Reprinted in Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 182 (June 2007).

“The ‘French Threat’ in the Anti-Jacobin Novel of the 1790s.” Illicit Sex: Identity Politics in Early Modern Culture. Ed. Thomas Dipiero and Patricia Gill. Athens: University of Georgia Press. 1997.

“Women, Agency, and the Law: Narrative Mediations in the Late Eighteenth Century.” Harvard Women’s Law Journal 18 (May 1996).

“Rights, Property, and the Law in the English Jacobin Novel.” Mosaic 27 (December 1994).

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

Modern Language Association
The Johnsonians
Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
The Burney Society