Associate Dean of Students
MA, PhD (University of Chicago)
John Howell’s research and teaching focus on American religion, literature, and history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has particular interests in Civil War memory, American religious historiography, antimodernism, and religion and American visual and material cultures. He is at work on the manuscript for a book based upon his 2013 dissertation, Civil War Literature and the Prospect of America—which reorients the long discourse on Civil War literature from the vantage of early postwar observers’ neuralgic concern to figure the war’s implications for a providential understanding of American history and the project of literary nationalism—and is in the planning stages of a subsequent project on Mark Twain and the constructive potential of satire in America.