Taylor Johnston is a teaching fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a postdoctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she researches 19th- and 20th-century American literature, African American fiction, literary realism, and critical race theory. In 2019-20, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at Tel Aviv University's Center for the Study of the United States in partnership with the Fulbright program. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (2019) and her M.A. in English with a Creative Writing focus (2018) from UC Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Arizona Quarterly, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, The Raymond Carver Review, and several collaborative volumes. Her first book project explores critical representations of the white lower-middle class in American fiction of the 1970s and 80s. Most recently, she has conducted research on racial affect in African American fiction and the politics of twentieth-century pandemic fiction.