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WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON
(2009 Graduate)

William Christopher Johnson is a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellow and a third-year doctoral student at Yale University. Chris received an A.B. in English and history from Vassar College in 2005, and was a Neal-Marshall Fellow in Creative Writing at Indiana University, where he earned an M.F.A. in 2009. His current teaching and research interests include the intersections of gender, sexuality, and radicalism in black diasporas, theories of transnationalism and racial formation, Afro-Asian historiographies, and the politics of exclusion within the modern nation-state. His dissertation, a transnational history of black power in the Atlantic world, charts the migrations of two generations of Trinidadian students, teachers, and union organizers at the forefront of anti-imperial struggles in the UK, Canada, and the U.S from the mid-1930s to 1970.

  • Neal-Marshall Fellowship in Creative Writing, 2006-2007
  • Finalist, Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, 2007
  • Jean Shepard Literary Award, 2007
  • English Department Prize in Fiction, 2005 (Vassar College)
  • Marilyn Swartz Seven Playwriting Award, 2004