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Amy Jin Johnson

Amy Jin Johnson is a sixth year doctoral student in American Studies at Brown University. Her dissertation focuses on the intersection of race and space in the formation of Los Angeles's Chinatown at the turn of the twentieth century, entitled "Brokering Cultures, Brokering Race: Charley Ah Him, Chinatown, and the Construction of Los Angeles." As a graduate student at Brown, Amy has co-curated exhibitions at the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University, the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Chinese Storefront Library in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked as a writing associate at the University Writing Center, served as a proctor for Student and Employee Accessibility Services, and participated in the Brown Executive Scholars Training Program. She currently serves as the Managing Editor of the Digital Humanities Quarterly, an open-access and peer-reviewed online journal discussing digital media in the humanities. Amy holds an MA in American Civilization from Brown, an MA in History from American University, and a BA in History from Kalamazoo College.

BA in History, Kalamazoo College (2005); MA in History, Concentration in Public History, American University (2008); MA in American Studies (2010)

Research Interests:
Asian American Studies, The American West, United States Cultural History, Popular Culture, Public Humanities, Digital Humanities

Courses Taught:
AMCV 0190: Dead or Alive?: The American West in Popular Culture (Fall 2011)

Courses Taught as a Teaching Assistant at Brown:
AMCV 1010: American Icons (Spring 2012)
AMCV 1610: Asian American History (Spring 2011)
AMCV 1612: Cities of Sound (Fall 2010)
ETHN 0005: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (Spring 2010)

Selected Exhibitions:
Co-Curator - "Food on the Move" - The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Culinary Museum at Johnson & Wales University - October 2009 to April 2010

Co-Curator- "Chow Mein, Chicken Wings, and Cheeseburgers: Recalling Downcity Chinese in the Postwar Era" - Chinese Historical Society of New England - November 2009 to January 2010; The Culinary Museum at Johnson & Wales University - May 2008 to June 2008

Co-Curator - "Remember the Old Times: Cape Verdean Fox Point, 1920–1945" - The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage – January to October 2009

Selected Presentations:
"'What Will Become of her?': The 1892 Case That Shook Los Angeles"
American Studies Association - San Juan, Puerto Rico (November 2012)

"Searching for Choo Fong: Researching 1890s Chinatown in Los Angeles"
LA Archives Bazaar - Los Angeles, CA (October 2012)

"An Absent Presence at the National Japanese American Memorial to Patrotism in World War II"
New England American Studies Association - Plymouth, MA (November 2011)

"Chow Mein, Chicken Wings, and Cheeseburgers: Recalling Downcity Chinese in the Postwar Era"
Staff Development Day, Brown University - Providence, RI (June 2010)

"'The Sea Is Our Destination': A Virtual Tour of the 'Food on the Move' Exhibit"
Writing Center North American Society for Ocean History - Mystic, CT (May 2010)

"Building Historic Sites: Linking Students to Local History through Technology"
Policy Assistant - National Council on Public History - Louisville, KY (April 2008)

Selected Professional Experience:
- H-Ethnic Reviews Editor - H-Net (April 2012-present)

- Managing Editor - Digital Humanities Quarterly (May 2012-present)

- Participant - Brown Executive Scholars Training Program (January 2012-May 2012)

- Assistant Managing Editor - Digital Humanities Quarterly (May 2011-May 2012)

- Proctor - Student and Employee Accessibility Services (September 2011-May 2012)

- Research Assistant - Department of American Studies, Brown University (May 2009-August 2012)

- Writing Center Associate - Writing Center, Brown University (January 2010-May 2012)

- Policy Assistant - National Humanities Alliance (May 2007 to August 2008)

Professional Affiliation:
American Studies Association (Co-Chair, Student Committee, May 2011 to June 2014)
Association for Asian American Studies
National Council for Public History
Organization of American Historians
Western Historical Association
American Historical Association
Immigration and Ethnic History Society

- Andrew W. Mellon-Huntington Fellowship - Huntington Library and Archives - 2014-2015
- Graduate Research Fellowship - The Studio for Southern California History January 2012
- WHA-Huntington Martin Ridge Fellowship - Western History Association and the Huntington Library and Archives - August 2011
- Irvin R. Lai Scholarship Award - Chinese Historical Society of Southern California - May 2011
- "Thinking in Public: Community and Cultural Institutions in Post-National Civic Space" - Graduate International Colloquium Grant - Office of International Affairs - Brown University - May 2011
- "Raising the Undead: The Image of the Zombie in Transnational Popular Culture" - Graduate International Colloquium Grant - Office of International Affairs, Brown University - May 2011