Jordan Johnson is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. Entitled “Encountering the Forest Archive: A Feminist Genealogy of the East Texas Pineywoods” her dissertation analyzes practices of forestry and resource management through the lens of feminist science and technology studies, exploring how processes of industrialization and development have operationalized shifting notions of the natural world, technology, and land use. Situated at the intersection of environmental studies, feminist materialism, and posthumanist theory, her work incorporates literary/textual analysis alongside historical and archival methods to produce a Foucauldian genealogy of forestry and environmental management on the Angelina National Forest, exploring how environmental-industrial legacies in the Pineywoods expose limitations and incongruities inherent in liberal humanist fantasies of progress, development, and sustainability. Most centrally, her dissertation seeks to explore how an analysis of forest management on the Angelina might contribute to feminist and queer theorizations of environmental ethics, attending to how various forestry projects frame subjectivity, agency, embodiment, environment, and responsibility.
Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University in English, Spanish, and Feminist Studies, and is the recipient of the Debbie Ellis Award in Feminist Studies. She has also worked as the managing editor of Southern Spaces: A Journal about Real and Imagined Spaces and Places of the US South and their Global Connections.