Alison Johnson, B.A., M.S., graduated from Carleton College summa cum laude and studied mathematics at the Sorbonne on a National Science Foundation Fellowship. She received an M.S. in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. In 2010 she received a Distinguished Achievement Award from Carleton College. Johnson has maintained wide-ranging professional interests and has found such variety to be a stimulus to her creative work. She has written three biographies:
- Louis XVI and the French Revolution
- Henry James: His Life Revealed in His Letters
- Wallace Stevens: A Dual Life as Poet and Insurance Executive
Johnson has also produced and directed an acclaimed documentary titled The World of Wallace Stevens.
Warren Buffett endorsed her book titled The Eleventh Hour Can’t Last Forever, a family memoir centered around her father, who amassed two tons of gold and silver coins in a tiny town in Nebraska because he was convinced that the economy was about to collapse.
Johnson’s documentaries dealing with chemical sensitivity include the following titles:
- Fragrance-Free Workplaces
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How Chemical Exposures May Be Affecting Your Health
- Gulf War Syndrome: Aftermath of a Toxic Battlefield
- The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming Health Disaster
Johnson’s books on the subject of multiple chemical sensitivity include the following titles:
- Casualties of Progress: Personal Histories from the Chemically Sensitive
- Gulf War Syndrome: Legacy of a Perfect War
- Amputated Lives: Coping with Chemical Sensitivity
Johnson chairs the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation. She lives in midcoast Maine, where she teaches literature courses at the Midcoast Senior College.