Professor Andrew Byers
Andrew Byers' research interests include studies of gender, sexuality, race, class, medical discourse, and the military. He is currently examining the early twentieth-century U.S. Army within the context of Progressive Era social and moral reform debates. His dissertation, entitled “The Sexual Economy of War: Regulation of Sexuality and the U.S. Army, 1898-1940,” explores how the U.S. Army of the early twentieth century sought to regulate and shape the sexual cultures, practices, and behaviors of soldiers and the civilians with whom they came into sexual contact around the world. He is currently preparing his dissertation for publication, as well as additional scholarship on conceptions of masculinity in the workplace; the roles of reputation, honor, scandal, and masculinity in the early twentieth-century U.S.Army officer corps; and Progressive Era moral reform of leisure.
Professor John Mathew
John Mathew is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Duke University, with a special focus on the History of Science. He has undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Zoology (Madras Christian College, 1990, 1992, 1994) and Ph.D.s in both Ecological Sciences (Old Dominion University, 2003) and the History of Science (Harvard University, 2011) apart from a Master's in Medical Anthropology (Harvard University, 2006). His current research concentrates on the making of zoology in his native South Asia under the British and to some extent, the French. In the Fall semester, 2012, he is teaching a course on the rise of science in the 18th and 19th centuries and leading a seminar in environmental history. He will be teaching the rise of science in the 20th century and guiding a seminar on the history of biological evolution during the course of the Spring semester, 2013. His areas of professional interest are ecology, evolutionary biology, the history of science, South Asian history, British Commonwealth history and theatre in its interdisciplinary possibilities with the recounting of scientific narratives in a historical cast.
Professor Stephen Milder
Stephen Milder’s research is on the beginnings of the environmental movement in Western Europe.
Professor Shannon Withycombe
Shannon Withycombe is a historian of medicine who works on nineteenth-century women's health. She is particularly interested in bodies and identities and how the two are constructed in thinking about reproduction and medicine. She is currently finishing a book manuscript on the history of miscarriage and embarking on her second project - an examination of the development of prenatal health in American culture and public policy. In both projects she weaves together personal accounts from women's letters and diaries with professional publications from doctors and health officials to investigate the rise of scientific authority, the social value of different types of mothers, and the role of women in shaping American medicine.