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Catherine Johnson



Catherine Johnson is an Assistant Lecturer and joined the LeaRN program in 2019. She teaches first-year composition, first-year seminar, and technical writing. Her research and teaching interests include Universal Design for Learning, critical thinking, and creative nonfiction writing, especially the personal essay and memoir. Beyond UW, Catherine enjoys yoga, cooking, hiking, and traveling



M.F.A., Portland State University

M.A., American University

B.A., Whittier College


Recent and Upcoming Courses

First Year Seminar: What Are You Working For?

First Year Seminar: Exploring the Functions of Storytelling

English 1010: Composition & Rhetoric

English 2015: Composition & Rhetoric II

English 4010: Technical Writing


Selected Publications

“No Impeccable Self to Reach.” Propeller. Summer 2019. Web.

“People Not Pundits.” Oregon Humanities. Summer 2018. Print and Web.

“Santosha and White Privilege: Why We Shouldn’t be Silent about Unintentional Racism.” Elephant Journal. September 2018. Web.

“Spinstering.” Gulf Stream. Winter 2019. Web.


Selected Awards

Tom Bates Fellowship in Memoir, Portland State University (2016)

Excellence Award in Nonfiction, Portland State University (2016)

Catherine Johnson

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