Johnson, Paul Michael, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish)
After graduating from DePauw with a B.A. in Romance Languages, Paul Michael Johnson received his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in Spain and his Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine, along with an emphasis in Critical Theory. Previously, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Spanish National Library and National Historical Archive in Madrid, Spain. Since 2013, he has been a corresponding member of the interdisciplinary and international research group History and Philosophy of Experience (HIST-EX), sponsored by the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation.
While he specializes in early modern Spanish literature and culture, his research interests include Mediterranean Studies; sentimentalism and theories of affect, emotion, and the passions; and aesthetics, visual theory, and the crossovers between literature/art and word/image. He has published several articles on these issues in the journals Cervantes, the Anuario de estudios cervantinos, and eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies. His current book project studies the rhetoric and representation of emotion in the works of Miguel de Cervantes, with a particular focus on the cultural exchanges between Iberia and North Africa.
Professor Johnson teaches all levels of Spanish at DePauw and previously served as an instructor in the University's Servicio program, facilitating Spanish immersion trips to Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, and Spain. In Spring 2015 he taught the senior seminar "Affective Cultures of Early Modern Spain," and in the coming year will offer a course on Don Quixote and another entitled "Multiculturalism in Moorish Spain: Interrogating Iberian Concepts of Race and Difference from Medievalism to Modernity."
For more information, his CV can be found here.