Jared Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English, Department Chair
Greenville Hall 313
A native of nearby Hadley, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Commodore Perry High School, Dr. Jared Johnson is the most recent addition to Thiel College’s English Department. Dr. Johnson holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, an M.A. in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Ph.D. in English and Cultural Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He joins Thiel College’s faculty after serving as a Study Abroad Assistant for the University of Georgia at Oxford Program in Oxford, England, and as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Johnson’s research and scholarly interests include English Renaissance drama, early modern cultural studies, film and new media adaptations of Shakespeare, and interdisciplinary scholarship that explores interstitial connections between and among English, theater arts, and media studies. Johnson’s doctoral dissertation, “Immoral Commerce: Staging Slavery in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama,” treats English stage representations of bound labor during the Renaissance and suggests that dramatists helped shape England’s cultural imagination as a proto-Imperialist, slave-holding nation. Additionally, Dr. Johnson has published works on Shakespeare and Film.
At Thiel College, Dr. Johnson teaches a multitude of courses, which include: Shakespeare, Introduction to Literature, Honors Composition, Oral and Written Expression I and II, Creative Writing: Poetry, Creative Writing: Drama, and Screenwriting for Short Films.
In addition to his teaching, Dr. Johnson is active in Thiel’s campus community. Currently, he serves as the faculty advisor to the English Club and Sigma Tau Delta.