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C. J. Johnson, MA

PhD Student

Germanic Studies

Pronouns: They/Them/Their


Building & Room:

1510 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

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C. Johnson received their MA from UIC in 2021 and is currently a PhD student, TA, and Head TA in the department of Germanic Studies. In 2019 they were the recipient of the Max Kade Fellowship and have been awarded the Bridges scholarship multiple times. As a TA, C. is committed to practicing inclusivity in the classroom with a focus on linguistic gender inclusivity. While interested in inclusive pedagogy, C.'s primary field of research is German literary Modernism with a focus on gender and sexuality. Their dissertation topic investigates sexual deviance in German literature at the turn of the 20th century as it relates to the German concept of "Bildung" and the school environment.

Selected Publications

Dürfen wir alle gendern? Queer Linguistics and Social Justice in the German Classroom (Forthcoming)

Notable Honors

2019-2020, Max Kade Fellowship, University of Illinois Chicago

2020-2023, Bridges Scholarship, University of Illinois Chicago

2018, Outstanding Service to the Department scholarship, University of Kansas

2016, Engel Study Abroad Scholarship, University of Kansas


MA: University of Illinois Chicago, Germanic Studies 2021
BA: University of Kansas, Germanic Studies 2018

Selected Presentations

“Alternative Dialectics: Intertextuality in Uwe Timm’s Morenga” University of Illinois Chicago, 2021

“Queering the German Classroom: Queer Linguistics and Language Policy” University of Kansas, 2021

“Teaching Gendergerechte Sprache and Non-Binary Pronouns in German” University of Illinois Chicago, 2020