Position:  Lecturer
Department:  English Language & LiteratureGeoffrey Johns
Campus Address:  225 Anspach Hall
Phone:  989-774-3236

Teaching & Research Interests

Geoffrey Johns, Ph.D. specializes in the drama and popular culture of late Medieval and Early Modern England.  His areas of interest include gender, social order, transgression, and subjectivity, as well as performance theories and print culture.  Dr. Johns' current book project is a study of literal and metaphorical "monsters" in early English texts, especially those of public and civic drama and ephemeral popular print literatures. 

Dr. Johns also teaches broadly in composition practices and writing across the curriculum.  His teaching emphasizes identity and community formation through cultural literacies, shared experience, and creative rhetorics.  He works broadly in face-to-face, hybrid, web-enhanced, and completely online learning environments. 

Courses Taught

Central Michigan University (Current)

  • ENG 101 - Freshman Composition: "Rhetoric and Literacies Across Composition Environments"
  • ENG 201 - Intermediate Composition: "Argument, Position, and the Writing Context"
  • ENG 134WI - Introduction to Literature: "Identity and Community through Literary Analysis"

Alma College (2014-15)

  • Freshman Composition
  • English Literature Before 1800
  • English Literature After 1800
  • Senior Seminar

Michigan State University (2013-14)

  • Global Studies:  Christianity, Islam, and The Crusades
  • Interdisciplinary Arts & Humanities:  Great Ages – Medieval and Early Modern
  • Shakespeare in Context (with Honors option)
  • The Figure of the Hero in Epic and World Literature (with Honors option)
  • Independent Study: Heroism in Homer's Odyssey
  • Intro to Literary Genres / Topics in British Literature


Ph.D. in English, Michigan State University, May 2013
Field Specificity: Medieval and Early Modern Literatures and Cultures
Dissertation: Deformed Subjects and Transgressive Bodies

Master of Arts in English, Michigan State University, May 2007
Thesis: The Author, The Beggar, and the Buffoon in Coryate's Crudities (1611)

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Presenter, "''Tis Rigor and Not Law': Negotiating Public Justice in The Winter's Tale. Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference. Fall 2015.

Author, "A 'Grievous Burthen': Richard III and the Legacy of Monstrous Birth." Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body. Ed. S. Iyengar. Routledge, Jan 2015.

Presenter,  "The 'Lunatick Lover':  Staging Domestic Crime in Othello and The Yorkshire Tragedy." Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference. Fall 2014.

Author, "Annis Dell" and "Martha Scambler." Refereed entries in A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, 1500-1650 (Eds. Carole Levin, Anna Riehl Bertolet and Michele Osherow). Ashgate, forthcoming.

Presenter, "A 'Mean-Born Gentleman': Richard III and the Legacy of Monstrous Birth." Shakespeare Association of America. Spring 2013.

Presenter, "Hippolyta's Ruth: Emotional Spectacle and 'Mongrel' Narratives in Early Modern Stagecraft." Grand Valley Shakespeare Conference. Fall 2012.