Her first book, on communication by bodily adornment, is under contract with Bloomsbury. She has research interests in philosophy of archaeology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and aesthetics. Her dissertation, Meaning Through Things, was awarded the 2016-2017 American Society for Aesthetics Dissertation Fellowship and a 2016-2017 Interdisciplinary Committee for Science Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship. Her most recent article, 'Seeking Speaker Meaning in the Archaeological Record' was published in Biological Theory.
Marilynn Johnson received her PhD from the Department of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York in August 2017.