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Professor John Howard

Professor John HowardProfessor of American Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2285
Address Department of English
King's College London
Room 7.32 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

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I was born, raised, and educated in the American South, culminating in a PhD from Emory University in 1997. After teaching in the history departments at Duke University and the University of York, I joined the English department at King’s in 2001.

I am interested in the historical production of human differences and their attendant inequalities. My work also assesses differences as productive mechanisms of affiliation, identity, coalition, and struggle. Informed by queer, feminist, materialist, critical race, and spatial theory, my research and teaching are engaged primarily with the categories we now know as sexuality, gender, class, race, and region.

I have been fortunate to receive awards from the AHRC, British Academy, Delfina, Fulbright, Rockefeller, and King’s College London Students’ Union.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Histories of gender and sexuality: Queer cultures
  • Visual culure studies Documentary photography and film
  • Critical race studies: Imperialism, migration, incarceration
  • Environmental humanities: Nuclear proliferation and protest
  • Sectionalism and regionalism: The American South, the Global South

I have supervised eleven doctoral projects to completion, several of which appear as university press monographs. Of four current doctoral students, two are fully funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership. I regret that I am unable to accept further applications.

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • White Sepulchres: Palomares Disaster Semicentennial Publication (University of Valencia Press, 2016).
  • Concentration Camps on the Home Front: Japanese Americans in the House of Jim Crow (University of Chicago Press, 2008).
  • Men Like That: A Southern Queer History (University of Chicago Press, 1999).
  • ed., Carryin’ On in the Lesbian and Gay South (New York University Press, 1997).
  • ed., The Same Language, by Ben Duncan (University of Alabama Press, 2005; Faber, 1962).
  • ed., The Bitterweed Path, by Thomas Hal Phillips (University of North Carolina Press, 1996; Rinehart, 1950).

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.


For over twenty-five years, I have designed and convened undergraduate and postgraduate modules in American studies, English, and history. I have taught classes at a community college and at private and public universities in the US, UK, Spain, and Japan. Lately I offer an upper-level undergraduate course on Narrating Nuclear Disaster, as well as MA option modules on Photography and the History of Sexuality.

Expertise and public engagement

Collaborative partners have included the American Museum in Britain, British Museum, and BBC Radio. Recent articles have appeared in mainstream media such as Time and Vice.

With colleagues in the states, I was co-author of the Amici Curiae Brief of Professors of History, US Supreme Court, Lawrence v. Texas, 2003. For fifteen years, I have been part of the Queer@King’s collective. I have been involved with a variety of activist organizations though the years, including ACT UP, Queer Nation, CND, and Free Chelsea Manning.

My documentary photography has appeared in online and print publications and in solo and group exhibitions in the EU and US.










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