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. You can read sizable portions of the text on google books. If you are a USD student you can read the entirety of my book free through our library here. A post I wrote for Aesthetics for Birds on the book material is here. A related article on bodies and shame written for The Philosophers’ Magazine is here. A video of me discussing the book at the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of books is below. You can read a review of my book by Michael Spicher in the Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics here. The paperback version of the book will be published in October 2023.
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.
Working with faculty members in psychology and computer science we created a new interdisciplinary and cross-college minor at USD in Cognitive Science. The first cognitive science course will be held fall of 2023. More information about the Cognitive Science minor can be found here.
I am in the very early stages of working on a second book project on the topic of philosophy of archaeology. A related article I wrote a piece for Aeon-Psyche about archaeological interpretation can be viewed here. 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.
I am active in a number of organizations and clubs. I am the faculty advisor for a new student club at USD called Fashion Forward. They hope to hold a sustainable fashion show on campus in the spring. 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.
Marilynn H. Johnson, PhD
Department of Philosophy
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
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