Dr. Taylor Johnston-Levy



    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Department of Foreign Literatures & Linguistics| 2021-22

    Postdoctoral fellowship in American Literature & Culture

    Advisor: Barbara Hochman

    Areas of Research: American literature & culture (19th century-present); African American fiction; critical race theory; literary realism (19th century-present)


    Tel Aviv University – Center for the Study of the United States in Partnership with the

    Fulbright Program| 2019-20

    Postdoctoral fellowship in American Studies

    Advisor: Milette Shamir


    University of California, Berkeley – Departments of Comparative Literature & English

    Ph.D. in Comparative Literature| August 2019

    Dissertation: Postmodern Realism and That Class Which Is Not One

    Committee: Dorothy Hale (advisor), Colleen Lye, Barbara Spackman, Dora Zhang

    Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory


    M.A. in English, Creative Writing emphasis| May 2018

    Thesis: Thoughts Are Free (short story collection)

    Advisor: Vikram Chandra


    Middlebury College – English & American Literatures and Italian Studies

    B.A., with highest honors (2007) | M.A. (2010)


    Awards and Fellowships

    Critical Theory Research Grant – Program in Critical Theory, UC Berkeley | 2019

    Awarded to three candidates in Designated Emphasis program annually


    Dissertation Completion Fellowship – Graduate Division, UC Berkeley | 2017-18

    Funding to support dissertation research


    Pre-Dissertation Research Grant – Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley | 2016

    Funding for archival research at the Library of Congress  


    Sidney and Margaret Ancker Fellowship – Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley | 2012-13

    Funding to support first year of graduate study


    Pedagogy & Curriculum Design

    Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award – UC Berkeley | 2016-17

    Recognized for exceptional pedagogical practice by GSI Teaching & Resource Center


    Program Assessment Fellowship – Center for Teaching & Learning, UC Berkeley| 2017

    Funding for semester-long training in program assessment and work facilitating the Department of Near Eastern Studies’ review and curriculum redesign


    Daniel E. Koshland Jr. Course Development Grant – UC Berkeley | 2017, 2018

    Funding for students’ development and production of class magazine


    Daniel E. Koshland Jr. Professional Self-Development Grant – UC Berkeley | 2017, 2018

    Funding to attend Conference on College Composition & Communication (2017, 2018) and the American Studies Association’s Annual Meeting on “Pedagogies of Dissent” (2017)


    “Art of Writing” Koshland Fellowship – Townsend Center, UC Berkeley | 2016

    Funding to support summer training in composition pedagogy with Joe Harris (Professor of English, University of Delaware) and workshops with other composition scholars


    Mellon-funded Grant – Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, in support of “Reading Performance” and

    “The Art in Artifice” (Reading & Composition courses) | 2014, 2015

    Funding for students to attend live theater, dance, and readings; workshops and discussions with professional performing artists


    Creative Writing

    Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Student Scholarship| 2006

    Funding to support attendance at fiction workshop with Helen Schulman


    Vermont Studio Center Writing Residency| 2006

    Month-long summer fiction writing residency and workshop


    Selected Talks & Conference Papers

    Invited Talks

    “White Affect in African American Literature”| Spring 2021

    Tel Aviv University, School of Cultural Studies


    “Antiracism and the Economy of White Joy” | Spring 2021

    University of Southern Denmark, Department for the Study of Culture


    “U.S. Pandemic Fiction and the Politics of Infection” | Fall 2020

    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Foreign Literatures & Linguistics


    Conference Papers

    “20th-Century Pandemic Fiction, 21st-Century Anti-mask-ism” | Spring 2021

    American Comparative Literature Association


    “Reflections on North and South”

    Study of English Literatures in Israel, Be’er Sheva| Spring 2020


    “Whiteness and Literary Studies”

    American Studies Association, Honolulu| Fall 2019


    “‘With her little finger sticking out’: Whiteness, Class, and the Ethnographic Detail

    in Alice Walker” | Summer 2019

    Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College


    “(Neo)Neorealist Film and White Lower-Middle-Class Affect”

    American Comparative Literature Association, Georgetown | Spring 2019


    “‘Perhaps only from watching gulls fly’: Critical Protestantism and the White Lower Middle Class in

    Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping| Spring 2018

    American Literature Association, San Francisco


    “Dialectic of Boredom: the Twenty-First-Century Entertainment Imperative” | Spring 2018

    American Comparative Literature Association, Los Angeles


    “‘Canvass and mere tones’: Knausgaard’s History of Art in

    A Death in the Family| Summer 2017

    American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht


    “The Evacuation of Commodified Space in Carver’s ‘Cathedral’” | Spring 2014

    American Literature Association, Boston


    Roundtables & Faculty Seminar Presentations

     “Pedagogy in a State of Emergency” | Winter 2022

    Modern Language Association, Washington D.C.


    “White Affect in Richard Wright’s Native Son| Spring 2021

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of English


    White Racialization and Trumpism”| Fall 2020

    Tel Aviv University, Center for the Study of the U.S.


    “Literature and the Arts After Corona”| Spring 2020

    Tel Aviv University, Center for the Study of the U.S.


    “Particular Invisibility: Auto-Ethnographic Deconstructions of Whiteness”| Spring 2020

    Tel Aviv University, Center for the Study of the U.S.



    Selected Courses

    Department of English Literature & Linguistics, Bar-Ilan University

    Teaching Fellow – “Academic Writing on American Minimalism” (English 106) | Fall 2021

    Introduction to U.S. minimalist fiction of the 1970s and 80s and its contemporary afterlife.


    Department of English & American Studies, Tel Aviv University

    Teaching Fellow – “Whiteness and the Study of U.S. Literature” (Grad Seminar) | Spring 2021

    Representations of whiteness in 20th- and 21st-century American literature and film, in dialogue with critical race theory and the history of U.S. race relations


    Department of English, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


    Teaching Fellow – “Selected Shakespeare Plays” (Core Course) | Spring 2021

    Survey with attention to aspects of Shakespeare that anticipate 20th-century social theory


    Department of English, UC Berkeley

    Lead Instructor “Black on White/White on White” (Reading & Composition) | Summer 2018

    Critiques of whiteness by both ethnic-minority and white scholars in critical race theory and pedagogy, sociology, history, and American literature and film; two sections taught; part of the Summer Bridge Program for first-year students from under-resourced high schools


    Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

    Lead Instructor – “Black on White/White on White” (Reading & Composition) | Spring 2019

    (see description above)

    Lead Instructor – “Consumed and Consuming: Bodies in Narrative Representations of

    Poverty” (Reading & Composition) | Spring 2017

    Depictions of suffering in African American and Chinese naturalism, film, documentary journalism, and critical theory

    Lead Instructor – “Reading and Writing Other People” (Reading & Composition) | Fall 2016

    Ethics of alterity in African American, Italian, and Chinese naturalism and critical theory

    Lead Instructor – “The Art in Artifice” (Reading & Composition) | Fall 2015

    Meta-artistic gesture in British drama, Italian fiction, American poetry, and critical theory; live theater, dance, and readings; included student collaborations with professional performing artists; Mellon-funded

    Lead Instructor – “Literature in the Age of Ritalin” (Reading & Composition) | Spring 2015

    Boredom and distraction in British, American, Latin American, and Israeli fiction; live performance; critical theory

    Lead Instructor – “Reading Performance” (Reading & Composition) | Fall 2014

    Narrative form and adaptations of literature in live theater, dance, and readings; Russian fiction; Italian drama; Shakespeare; included student collaboration with professional performing artists and StoryCorps; Mellon-funded



    Peer-reviewed Articles

    “Whiteness and the Affective Economy of Happy Antiracism in Native Son and Meridian,”

    forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature (Duke UP)


    “‘Perhaps only from watching gulls fly’: Critical Protestantism and the White Lower Middle Class in

    Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping,” Arizona Quarterly, 75.2, Summer 2019 (Duke UP)


    “The Corpse as Novelistic Form: Knausgaard’s Deconstruction of Proustian Memory,” Critique:

    Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 59.3, Winter 2017 (Taylor & Francis)


    “‘Inside anything’: the Evacuation of Commodified Space in Raymond Carver’s ‘Cathedral,’” The

    Raymond Carver Review 5/6, Spring 2017 (Kent State)


    Other Academic Publications

    Review of Secular Translations: Nation-State, Modern Self, and Calculative Reason, by Talal Asad, Poetics

    Today, 41.3, Fall 2020 (Duke UP)


    Critical introductions to Alice Walker, Marilynne Robinson, and Raymond Carver, Twentieth-

    Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context, ABC-CLIO, June 2021.


    Contributed entries to multi-volume book on American literature, 20th century to present, with emphasis on historical, cultural, and political context.


    Last Updated Date : 13/08/2023