The Portal to Texas History 2019 Research Fellowship Awardee - Jordan Johnson

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The University of North Texas Libraries invite applications for the 2020 The Portal to Texas History Research Fellowship. Research using the Portal is relevant to studies in a variety of disciplines including history, journalism, political science, geography, and American studies. We encourage applicants to think creatively about the opportunities that research with large digital library collections can enable. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential for publication and the best use of The Portal to Texas History.

The Portal to Texas History 2019 Research Fellowship Awardee

Jordan Johnson

Project Title

Encountering the Forest Archive: A Feminist Genealogy of the East Texas Pineywoods

Project Description

This project 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, this 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.


Jordan Johnson is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She 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.