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Katherine Johnston

Academic Specialties and Other Interests

I teach in the History department, as well as in the Environmental Studies and Critical Identity Studies programs. I am also involved in the Health and Healing and Justice and Rights Channels. My research focuses on the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, particularly plantation societies in the Caribbean and the American South. I study, read, and write about the history of race and the environment, as well as the history of the body.

I find teaching at Beloit to be incredibly rewarding, in part because I can teach so many different kinds of courses, and mostly because I find the students to be interested, curious, engaged, and passionate. I enjoy working closely with and mentoring students as they develop their interests both within and beyond the classroom. Building relationships with my advisees gives me the opportunity to help students navigate their college experiences, and prepare for careers and life beyond Beloit. I look forward to meeting you and to learning more about your ideas, questions, and passions.

  • Katherine Johnston

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