Leigh Johnson

Leigh Johnson (no photo)

Associate Professor

Academic Credentials

B.A., Lewis and Clark College
M.A., Western Kentucky University
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Other study/credentials: Women’s Studies Certificate, Western Kentucky University


Other Information

Teaching Area

  • American Literature
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Composition and Community Learning

Research Interests

  • Mexican American/Chicano/a Literature
  • Motherwork and Literary Activism

Dr. Leigh Johnson joined the Marymount University faculty in 2011. She was an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow for her dissertation “Domestic Violence and Empire: Legacies of Conquest in Mexican American Writing.” She enjoys the myriad opportunities the DC area provides for students to enhance their writing and thinking. 



“Unsexing I am Joaquín through Chicana Feminist Revisions.” A Sense of Regard: Essays on Race and Poetry. Editor Laura McCullough. U of Georgia P, (February 2015). 72-78. 
“Lorna Dee Cervantes.” Oxford Bibliographies. (Summer 2014). Web. 
“Covert Wars in the Bedroom and Nation: Motherwork, Transnationalism, and Domestic Violence in Black Widow’s Wardrobe and Mother Tongue.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 11.2 (2013): 149-71. 
“Helena Maria Viramontes.” Oxford Bibliographies. (Summer 2013). Web. 
“Teaching Stephen Crane’s ‘The Five White Mice’ Using Tableaux.” ALN: The American Literary Naturalism Newsletter 7.1-2 (Fall 2012): 8-11. 
“Foreign Incursions: Stephen Crane and Katherine Anne Porter’s Tourist Violence in Mexico.” Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures and Societies 2.1&2. (Spring 2011). 37-55. 
“‘Listen to Me! I Have Good Reason to Say This’: California Testimonios as Early Chicana Resistance.” 49th Parallel 24 (Spring 2010): 1-22. 
Co-Author with Richard Johnson-Sheenan, Charles Paine, and Mark Pepper. A Guide to Teaching: Instructors’ Manual for Writing Today. (New York: Longman, 2010) 
“Conceiving the Body: Sandra Cisneros and Ruth L. Ozeki’s Representations of Women’s Reproduction in Transnational Spaces.” Transformations: A Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 19.2 (2009): 32-41. 
Review of Singing at the Gates: Selected Poems. by Jimmy Santiago Baca (New York: Grove Press, 2014). Transmotion 1.1 (2015). 118-119. 
“Dreaming in the Factories” Blog Entry on teaching “The Factory Girl” for the Just Teach One Project. https://www.common-place.org/justteachone/?page_id=253 (2014) 
Review of The Writings of Eusebio Chacón translated and edited by A. Gabriel Meléndez and Francisco A. Lomelí. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2012). New Mexico Historical Review 88.4 (Fall 2013). 469-70. 
Review of Quakers Living in the Lion’s Mouth: The Society of Friends in Northern Virginia 1730-1865 by A. Glenn Crothers (University of Florida Press, 2012). Southern Studies 19.2 (2012). 
Review of A Life Crossing Borders: Memoirs of a Mexican American Confederate by Santiago Tafolla (Arte Publico Press, 2009). Western American Literature (Winter 2012). 456-57. 
Review of Separated by Their Sex: Women in Public and Private in the Colonial Atlantic World by Mary Beth Norton. (Cornell UP, 2011). Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 (March 2012). 
“The Black Legend.” Celebrating Latino Folklore. Ed. Maria Herrera-Sobek. Vol. 1-3. Santa Barbara: ABC_CLIO, 2012. 117-118. 
“Fabiola Cabeza de Baca.” Celebrating Latino Folklore. 183-184. 
“Comadre/ Compadre.” Celebrating Latino Folklore. 344-345. 
“La Llorona.” Celebrating Latino Folklore. 656-665. 
“Joaquin Murrieta.” Celebrating Latino Folklore. 813-815. 
“The Nuyorican Poets Café.” Celebrating Latino Folklore. 856-858.


Phone: 703-284-3858

Email: leigh.johnson@marymount.edu