John Andrew Byers

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
301 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Office hours: 

By appointment. Please email me ( and I will be happy to set up a meeting time.


I am a historian of modern America, with broad research and teaching interests, focusing primarily on the late nineteenth century to the present. My research interests include studies of gender, sexuality, race, class, the body, medical discourse, public policy, and the military in the United States in the twentieth century. I have co-edited a collection entitled Biopolitics and Utopia: An Interdisciplinary Reader (Palgrave, 2015). My current monograph project, entitled The Sexual Economy of War: Discipline and Desire in the U.S. Army, arising from my dissertation, examines the early twentieth-century U.S. Army within the context of Progressive Era social and moral reform debates.

Please see my personal website for much more information about my research and teaching interests found HERE.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 2012

Stapleton, P, and Byers, A. Biopolitics and Utopia An Interdisciplinary Reader. Palgrave Macmillan, June 11, 2015.