I am interested in meaning, intentions, archaeology, and adornment. I recently published my book entitled Adorning Bodies: Meaning, Evolution, and Beauty in Humans and Animals with Bloomsbury. If you are a USD student you can read my book online free through our library here. A post I wrote for Aesthetics for Birds on the book material is here. You can see my conference presentations and other events here. You can follow me and find my work on twitter, academia.edu, and philpapers.
I received my PhD from the Graduate Center, City University of New York in August 2017. My dissertation was supervised by Noël 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.
I recently wrote a piece for Aeon-Psyche about archaeological interpretation. In the piece I discuss a 10-day archaeological dig in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico I participated in through the University of Miami in 2019. Photos from that trip can be viewed here.
In 2024 I plan to teach a cluster course on fashion in Paris with colleagues in the Sociology, French, and Marketing departments at USD, also through the USD International Center.
I participate in a weekly zoom philosophy of film club based at the University of Miami with film critics and faculty from around the world. I also participate in an interdisciplinary AI group based at the USD Humanities Center. I am a member of the Society for California Archaeology and the American Society for Aesthetics. In addition to my scholarly activities, I paint and draw. You can see my work here.
I am the faculty advisor for the philosophy club at USD, Everthinkers. If you would like to learn more about the club you can follow them on the Everthinkers Instagram, or join the club, and be added to the mailing list of events, on their ToreroOrgs page.
Marilynn H. Johnson, PhD
Department of Philosophy
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Office Hours: calendly.com/marilynnjohnson