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John A. Byers, Visiting Assistant Professor

John A. Byers

Please note: John has left the "History" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

I am a modern military historian, focusing on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • War, the military, and society
  • Strategy, defense policy, and intelligence
  • Geopolitics, foreign affairs, and international security
  • Counterterrorism
Please see my personal website for much more information about my research and teaching interests found HERE.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  301 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

By appointment. Please email me (jab63@duke.edu) and I will be happy to set up a meeting time.

Ph.D.Duke University2012
A.M., HistoryDuke University2008
M.A., National Security StudiesGeorgetown University1997
B.A., History and Political ScienceVirginia Tech1994

War, Military and Society
Women, Gender and Sexuality
Global Transnational History
Law and Governance
Medicine, Science and Technology
United States and Canada
Research Interests:

Current projects: 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.

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.

Areas of Interest:

War, the military, and society
History of sexuality, especially masculinity
Biopolitics, total institutions, and regulation of the body
Popular culture, including literature and film


Recent Publications

  1. Stapleton, P; Byers, A, Biopolitics and Utopia An Interdisciplinary Reader (June, 2015), pp. 224 pages, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 1137514760  [abs]

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