B.A. (Yale University), M.A. (Cambridge University), Ph.D. (Harvard University)
Role or Position
Fellow (Official Student) and Tutor in History of Art at Christ Church; Tutor for Admissions at Christ Church; University Lecturer in History of Art. Associate Head of the Humanities Division; Coordinator of the Final Honours School and the M.St. in History of Art.
Dr Johnson received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 1986 and an M.A. in History of Art from Cambridge University in 1988, where she was the Yale-Mellon Fellow at Clare College. She was awarded a Ph.D. in History of Art from Harvard University in 1994. She has held several post-doctoral fellowships, including a Junior Research Fellowship at the Harvard Society of Fellows, a Henry Moore Fellowship at University College London, and a Kress Fellowship at Harvard's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa i Tatti in Florence.
From 1999 to 2003, Dr Johnson was a Departmental Lecturer in the History of Art Department at Oxford University. From 2003, she has been a University Lecturer in History of Art at Oxford, as well as a Fellow (Official Student) and Tutor in History of Art at Christ Church. She has also served as Acting Head of Oxford's History of Art Department. At present, she is the Tutor for Admissions at Christ Church and the Associate Head of the Humanities Division at Oxford University, in charge of Undergraduate Studies.
Dr Johnson helped to found Oxford University's new History of Art undergraduate degree, which admitted its first cohort in 2004. She has been the co-ordinator of the undergraduate degree as a whole, as well as Tutor in History of Art at Christ Church. Dr Johnson's undergraduate and graduate teaching includes the historiography and methodologies of Art History, the art and architecture of Early Modern Europe, and women and the visual arts.
Dr Johnson has published widely on the visual culture of Early Modern Europe, especially on Renaissance Italy, the art of Rubens, and women as patrons and subjects of art. Her publications on the history of sculpture range from the late Medieval period to the present day, and she also works on the historiography of Art History as a discipline and on the history of photography. At present, she is completing a book on the reception of sculpture in Early Modern Italy, with a particular focus on tactile encounters with sculpted objects. Future projects include a book on the visual historiography of Art History and a collaborative project on portraiture in Early Modern Europe.
Articles in journals such as The Art Bulletin, Burlington Magazine, Art History, Renaissance Quarterly, and The Sculpture Journal.
Co- Editor: Picturing Women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy, (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Editor: Sculpture and Photography: Envisioning the Third Dimension, (Cambridge University Press, 1998).
Author: Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford University Press, 2005).