John Howard 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, he joined the English department at King’s in 2001.
He is interested in the historical production of human differences and their attendant inequalities. His work also assesses differences as productive mechanisms of affiliation, identity, coalition, and struggle. Informed by queer, feminist, materialist, critical race, and spatial theory, his research and teaching are engaged primarily with the categories we now know as sexuality, gender, class, race, and region.
He has received awards from the AHRC, British Academy, Delfina, Fulbright, Rockefeller, and King’s College London Students’ Union.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Visual culture studies: Documentary photography and film
- Environmental humanities: Contamination, slow violence, reparations
- Histories of gender and sexuality: Queer cultures
- Critical race studies: Imperialism, migration, incarceration
- Sectionalism and regionalism: American South, Global South
Prof Howard has supervised thirteen doctoral projects to completion, several of which now appear as university press monographs. He is unable to accept additional applications.
For more details, please see my full research profile.
For three decades, Prof Howard has designed and convened undergraduate and postgraduate modules in cultural studies, English, history, and photography. He has taught courses at a community college and at major universities in the US, UK, and Japan.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Collaborative partners have included the American Museum in Britain, BBC Radio, and British Museum. Recent mainstream media articles have appeared in Time and Vice.
With colleagues in the states, he was co-author of the Amici CuriaeBrief of Professors of History, US Supreme Court, Lawrence v. Texas,2003. For over fifteen years, he has been a member of the Queer@King’s collective.
He has participated in a variety of activist organizations though the years, including ACT UP, Queer Nation, CND, and Free Chelsea Manning.
In addition to two photobooks, his documentary photography has appeared in online and print journals and in solo and group exhibitions in the EU and US. As executive producer or academic consultant, he has helped produce three feature-length documentary films.
Howard, J., 15 Mar 2016, (Accepted/In press) Queering the Countryside: New Frontiers in Rural Queer Studies. Gray, M. L., Gilley, B. J. & Johnson, C. R. (eds.). New York: New York University Press, (Intersections). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Howard, J. D. V., 2016, Spain: Valencia University Press. 128 p. (Javier Coy Library in North American Studies) Research output: Book/Report - Book
Howard, J., 7 Jul 2015, Creating and Consuming the American South. Bone, M., Ward, B. & Link, W. (eds.). Gainesville: University Press of Florida, p. 289-308 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Howard, J. D. V., 2015, In : SOUTHERN QUARTERLY. 52, 4, p. 155 164 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Howard, J., 2010, Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture. Cotten, T. & Springer, K. (eds.). Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, p. 3-17 15 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Howard, J., 2010, In : THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY. 97, 2, p. 564 - 565 2 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review
Howard, J., 2009, In : Annals of Scholarship. 18, 2 & 3, p. 183-207 25 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Howard, J., 2009, Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction. Friend, C. (ed.). Athens: University of Georgia Press, p. 196-218 23 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Howard, J., 2008, University of Chicago Press. Research output: Book/Report - Book
Howard, J., 2006, American Histories: Narrating the Routes to Nationhood. Chujo, K. & Higuchi, H. (eds.). Toyko: Sairyusha, Tokyo, p. 139 - 161 23 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter