Alessa Johns


Position Title
Professor of English

266 Voorhies

Currently Teaching:


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., McGill University
B.A., Stanford University

Alessa Johns's work focuses on the long eighteenth century; her interests include British literature and culture, European women writers, Utopian literature and theory, Travel, the study of Disasters, Jane Austen, and Anglo-German cultural exchange. She is an affiliated faculty member in German and Comparative Literature.

She served as Reviews Editor for Eighteenth-Century Studies from 2004-2011.




Selected Articles:


Awards and Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1981
  • Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1983-1987
  • Soroptimist Founder Region Dissertation Fellowship, 1991-1992
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
  • Catherine Macaulay Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, for the best graduate student essay on a women's studies subject, 1993
  • Fulbright Foundation Research Fellowship; affiliation with the Graduiertenkolleg "Geschlechterdifferenz und Literatur," University of Munich, Germany, 1997
  • Faculty Development Award, University of California, Davis, 1999
  • Research Fellowship, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuettel, Germany, 2003
  • UC President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2008-2009
  • Lichtenberg-Kolleg Residential Research Fellowship, Georg-August-Universitaet, Goettingen, Germany, 2011-2012
  • Associated Students of the University of California, Davis, Excellence in Teaching Award (winner for the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies), 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016
  • Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Davis, 2016
  • Short-Term Residential Research Fellowship, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuettel, Germany, 2019