Dana Johnson

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information
E-mail: danajohn@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-0477
Office: THH 431


 Personal Website


  • B.A. Print Journalism, University of Southern California, 5/1990
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, Indiana University, 5/2000

Description of Research

Interests: Professor Johnson's short story collection, Break Any Woman Down, was awarded the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her interests include ethnic-American literature, gender and race studies, and issues of class.



  • In the Not Quite Dark (Counterpoint, 2016)
  • Elsewhere, California (Counterpoint, 2012)
  • Break Any Woman Down (Anchor, 2003)

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist, Hurston/Wright Foundation Award, 2002-2003   
  • Finalist, Patterson Fiction Prize, 2002-2003   
  • Special Mention, Pushcart Prize for short story "Melvin in the Sixth Grade," 2002-2003   
  • Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, 2000-2001   
  • Janalynn Bliss, Creative Writing Graduate Coordinator
  • University of Southern California
  • Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 431
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354