September 2, 2015
Johnson State College has hired two new full-time faculty members: social psychologist Leslie Johnson and longtime actor, artist and writer Isaac Littlejohn Eddy.
Johnson is teaching undergraduate psychology courses in the Behavioral Sciences Department. She most recently served as an assistant professor of psychology at Finlandia University in Michigan. She holds both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in general/experimental psychology from the University of Vermont.
Her research focuses on weight-based stigma (e.g., prejudice and discrimination toward those who are overweight), targets of stigma and their experiences of prejudice and discrimination, the role of the self in interpersonal relationships, and the history of women in social psychology.
Eddy, meanwhile, comes to JSC after 12 years as a member of the award-winning theatrical performance entourage “The Blue Man Group.” From his home base in Brooklyn, he helped cast and train Blue Man performers, wrote material and performed in nightly shows in New York, Chicago, London and Las Vegas. He is teaching acting classes as a visiting assistant professor in JSC’s Department of Fine & Performing Arts.
A Vermont native, Eddy has led workshops and lectured on improv, acting and devised experimental theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the University of Michigan, Curry College and the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts. He is a founding member of the immersive theater group Fixed Agency, which had a residency at the BLDG92 museum in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York and presented Private(i) at the Brooklyn BEAT festival in 2014.
A writer and a cartoonist, Eddy has been published in The New Yorker and in The Herald weekly newspaper in Randolph, Vt. He makes animated documentary shorts for Time Magazine, and his nonfiction, multi-panel series about the people who live and work in his former Brooklyn neighborhood is published on The New York Times’ Brooklyn blog, The Local. He also created and animated the online series Cat, Dog, Stoop.
Eddy has a B.A. in film studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and an M.F.A. in performance and interactive media art from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.
For more information about Johnson or Eddy, refer to the JSC website directory.