Quarter Abroad UK–London - Instructor

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Alessa Johns


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Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., McGill University
B.A., Stanford University

Alessa Johns is a Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, and specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She has received three Distinguished Teaching Awards: from the UC Davis Academic Senate, the Associated Students of UC Davis, and Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California. She has recently taught courses on London, Travel Writing, British Novels, and Jane Austen, and has published books on women’s utopian writing, Enlightenment disasters, and British-German cultural exchange.

A Message to Students and Parents

"Because my own current research focuses on transnationalism, I am particularly excited to teach a class in a place where students can immerse themselves in another culture and way of life. And the schedule will allow students to take long weekends if they choose to do so: London is a major hub for air and rail travel to Europe and the rest of Britain. It is an expensive city, but a lot of the cultural experiences are free."