Johnson-225x300I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego. I am interested in meaning, intentions, archaeology, and adornment. At the moment I am working on papers in philosophy of language, philosophy of archaeology and on a book project on meaning in bodily adornment. The book is under contract with Bloomsbury. You can see my conference presentations and field work here.

I received my PhD from the Graduate Center, City University of New York in August 2017. My dissertation was supervised by Noel Carroll. Prior to beginning my doctorate, I received my BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught English at a lycée in the Académie de Versailles, France.

In March 2019 I was lucky enough to participate in a 10-day archaeological dig in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico with the University of Miami. Photos from that trip can be viewed here. In addition to my academic pursuits, I often paint and draw. You can see my work here.

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Marilynn H. Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110


University of San Diego Philosophy Department Website



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