Corey Hickner-Johnson

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Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 
American Literature and Intersectional Feminist Cultural Studies including Multi-Ethnic Literature, Disability Studies, Affect and Feminist Politics of Emotion, Public Scholarship, and Culturally Responsive Teaching

I am a doctoral candidate in English and a certificate student in Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies.  At this stage in my career, I am writing my dissertation on disability, mental illness, and misfitting in contemporary literature by women writers. I am also seeking opportunities to engage in scholarly conversations in journals, at conferences, and in the classroom.

My work has appeared in/on the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, the Journal of International Women’s Studies, U.S. Studies, Modern Language Studies, Feministing, The Press Citizen, and The Star Tribune. I have presented at the National Women’s Studies Conference, the Society for The Study of American Women Writers Conference, Craft Critique Culture, and NeMLA. I am a Prairie Lights Scholar, an Obermann Fellow, and a recipient of an Outstanding Teaching Award and the Lydia Maria Child Society Award for Social Justice. I am also working as an editorial assistant for an edited collection on women writers and liminality.

Hand-in-hand with my scholarship, I enjoy teaching and mentoring students. I have taught an Interpretation of Literature class called “Literary Misfits: Disability and Difference in Literature.” I have also worked at the UIowa Speaking Center where I instructed undergraduate students, graduate students, and visiting scholars with English language concerns and rhetorical organization. I have taught Rhetoric, Speaking and Reading, and worked as an Athletic Tutor. Before coming to the University of Iowa, I was a middle school language arts teacher for six years. In that setting, I learned about culturally responsive teaching from The National Urban Alliance, and I have carried that work into the college classroom.

I earned my MA in English from the University of Saint Thomas in 2012 and my BA in English and Education from the College of Saint Benedict in 2007. I plan to graduate in 2018 with my PhD in hand, and I hope very much to work as a professor. I am currently on the job market. Please get in touch with me via email ( or view my CV on this webpage (above) if you are interested in connecting professionally.