Eric Johnson

Head, Thompson Special Collections

Special Collections and Area Studies
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Dr. Eric J. Johnson is Professor and Curator of Thompson Special Collections at The Ohio State University Libraries, where he oversees the collection development, teaching, and outreach activities of the department. In addition, he is Lead Curator of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library and Curator of the Herman J. Albrecht Library of Historical Architecture. Johnson teaches widely across the University’s interdisciplinary humanities curriculum, with particular emphasis on manuscript studies and book history (ancient to modern).

Consultation and Support Areas

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts - Special Collections
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Book history
  • Codicology
  • Paleography

About Eric

Dr. Johnson holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York (UK), as well as a M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University. His research interests extend widely across the fields of medieval and Renaissance studies, codicology and bibliography, book history, the pedagogical uses of primary source materials in K-12 and university classrooms, and the digital humanities. He is particularly interested in “fragmentology,” an emerging subfield of manuscript studies invested in the reconstruction of medieval books and the recovery of their dispersed leaves and lost (or obscured) histories.


  • Ph.D., Medieval Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York (UK)
  • M.A., Medieval Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York (UK)
  • M.L.I.S., School of Communication Information and Library Science, Rutgers University
  • B.A. English, University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Interest

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Manuscript Studies
  • History of the Book
  • Medieval pastoral and moral theology
  • Special Collections-based pedagogy

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Committees and Service

  • University Senate
  • Faculty Council
  • Vice-chair, University Research Committee
  • Editorial Board of Manuscript Studies (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Advisory Committee, OSU Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
  • Assistant editor, College & Research Libraries
  • Advisory Board, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania