- Fulbright Award (1994)
Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston was an associate professor of comparative literature at Indiana University Bloomington. She graduated from the University of Bucharest, Romania in 1975 and came to the U.S. in 1977. She earned a M.A. in Linguistics from IU in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from IU in 1990. Johnston started at IU as a lecturer in Romanian in 1980 and also served as a lecturer in comparative literature from 1987 to 1990. In 1990, she was appointed as an assistant professor of comparative literature until 1997, when she was promoted to associate professor. She specialized in 19th and 20th century European literature and literary theory. During her time at IU, she also served as director of both undergraduate and graduate studies in the department and also taught at the University of Libson, Portugal as a visiting lecturer in 2003.
Johnston was awarded as a Fulbright scholar to research at the University of Bucharest in Romania in 1994. She was also awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1993, the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1999, and the Presidential Humanities Initiative from IU in 2002. Johnston was the recipient of the Outstanding Junior Faculty award in 1993 and two teaching excellence awards at IU.
Johnston passed away after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer on January 18, 2005 at age 52.