Josie Johnson


Research Interests: History of Photography, Modernism, 20th-Century American Art, Russian and Soviet Avant-Gardes
Dissertation: "All Eyes on Russia: Margaret Bourke-White's Early Soviet Photographs"

Josie Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the history of photography and modernism. She received her B.A. from Stanford University, where she studied Art History and Slavic Language and Literature. Before entering Brown, Josie worked as a curatorial assistant at the Cantor Arts Center, a curatorial intern at the Art Institute of Chicago, and an education intern at the de Young Museum. In 2016-2017, she served as a proctor in the department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the RISD Museum.

Josie's dissertation on Margaret Bourke-White in 1930s Russia examines the relationship between style and ideology in American and Soviet interwar photography. Her research has been supported by the Getty Research Institute; the Harry Ransom Center; the Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research; and the Joan and Stanford Alexander Award at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 2019, Josie was a Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.