John Howard is Professor of American Studies at Kings’ College London. 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. For over twenty years, he has designed and convened undergraduate and postgraduate modules in American studies, English, and history. He has taught classes at a community college and at private and public universities in the US, UK, and Japan. Lately, he offers an upper-level undergraduate course in Photography, as well as MA option modules on the History of Sexuality and Histories of the Built Environment.
His work has been supported by awards and commendations from the American Sociological Association, American Studies Association, Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, Delfina Studio Trust, Fulbright Commission, Rockefeller Foundation, and King’s College London Students’ Union, among others. He has published 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). His documentary photography has appeared in online and print publications and in solo and group exhibitions in the US and UK.