Daniel Johnson

Chair, Assistant Professor

E-Mail: daniel.johnson@bilkent.edu.tr
Office Location: G-119
Phone: +90 (312) 290 1646

Full CV

Daniel Johnson received his Ph.D. in History from Binghamton University, State University of New York, in 2011. He has Master of Arts degrees from Binghamton University and New York University, and a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Johnson is a social and cultural historian of early America and the early modern Atlantic world. His first book, Making the Early Modern Metropolis: Culture and Power in Pre-Revolutionary Philadelphia, was published in 2022 by the University of Virginia Press. Johnson is currently working on two book projects, the first of which, Humanity versus Human Nature, examines how competing English beliefs regarding human nature, labor, and education evolved alongside the creation of the British Empire between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. A second project, based on a 2022 article called “Crime in the City of Brotherly Love” from the magazine History Today, is tentatively titled The Most Flagitious Banditti on Earth. It explores the relationship between law, crime, and popular culture in early Philadelphia and the British Atlantic world.

Johnson’s academic articles have appeared in Social HistoryEarly American StudiesCultural and Social History, and Pennsylvania History. He has also published numerous articles and reviews in general publications and is a frequent contributor to Against the Current and New Politics. Johnson is also editor of Chapter 3 of the collaboratively written American Yawp textbook, and his teaching interests include labor, Native America, popular politics, social movements, history of education, and early American literature.