Lisa Johnson, Ph.D.
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Dr. Merri Lisa Johnson directs the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at USC Upstate and has developed programs on campus and in the community to introduce the field of Women’s and Gender Studies as an exciting set of critical thinking skills and fresh perspectives on gender and power in personal relationships, politics, workplaces, educational settings, and media culture. Dr. Johnson has been at the leading edge of new feminist theory for some time now, publishing a landmark book in third wave feminism in 2002, titled Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire. A review in Publisher’s Weekly warns, "It's not for the straitlaced, but sex-positive feminists will find this a provocative, important anthology that speaks honestly to the question of pleasure and how to get it." The introduction was reprinted in 2006 in an encyclopedia of founding texts in third wave feminism called The Women’s Movement Today. Her fifth book, On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs: A Critical Anthology, will be released in September 2011.
Her most recent publication is a feminist literary memoir called Girl in Need of a Tourniquet that tells a very personal story about struggling with attachment disorders throughout her adolescence and early adulthood, weaving the insights derived from therapy and her own research into psychology among the narratives of romantic distress, substance abuse, and the chronic depression that is finally recognized and treated as the long-suppressed side-effect of the emotional abuse she experienced in childhood. The 2010-2011 Girl in Need of a Tourniquet book tour included readings and lectures in a variety of venues along the east coast, ranging from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse to the Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival in New Orleans and lots of places in between. For inquiries about bookings in the 2011-2012 academic year, click here.
Dr. Johnson is now at work on a sequel to Girl in Need of a Tourniquet and a scholarly monograph on representations of borderline personality disorder in literature and media culture under the working title of Borderline Is, Borderline Ain’t. She blogs on borderline personality disorder, feminist disability studies, and related topics at http://borderlinephd.blogspot.com.