Kinder, John

kinderJohn Kinder, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Address 159 Murray (South)

Fall 2016 Office Hours: Tr 12:30-1:45 

American Studies, War and Society, Modern U.S. History, Gender History, Disability Studies, Veterans Affairs, Animal History, American Popular Culture

Since I arrived at OSU-Stillwater in the fall of 2009, my research has led down two distinct yet overlapping paths. The first traces the history of disabled veterans in modern American society. I have published articles on photographs and posters of disabled veterans; architecture designed to house and heal disabled veterans; and disabled veterans’ efforts to shape their cultural memory. Building upon these studies, my first book, Paying With Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran (University of Chicago Press, Feb. 2015), examines how Americans have attempted to reconcile their global military ambitions with the painful—and frequently disabling—legacies of battlefield injury. I am currently at work on two articles related to disability and war: an essay on medicine and disability for the Oxford Handbook on World War II, ed. G. Kurt Piehler (Oxford University Press, 2016) and an article on disabled veterans and advertising for Act Like a Man: Historical Constructions of Masculinity and Disability, eds. James Trent and Kathleen Brian (under review: University of Pittsburgh Press).

The second path of my research focuses on the intertwined histories of animals, international relations, and modern warfare since the mid-nineteenth century. I am especially interested in the ways zoos—both in the United States and around the globe—have been transformed during periods of military conflict. Thus far, my animal research has produced two articles: “Militarizing the Menagerie: American Zoos from World War II to the Early Cold War,” in The Martial Imagination: Cultural Aspects of American Warfare,ed. Jimmy L. Bryan, Jr. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2013), and “Zoo Animals and Modern War: Captive Casualties, Patriotic Citizens, and Good Soldiers,” in Animals and War: Studies of Europe and North America, ed. Ryan Hediger (Leiden: Brill, 2012). I am also completing two books related to animal history: Animals in Our Midst: A Field Guide to Animals in American Culture (Under Contract: University of Nevada Press) and Cages of Blood: Zoos, War, and Politics in the Modern Age, a history of zoos and warfare in the modern era.

I currently serve as a member of the Organization of American Historians’ Ad Hoc Committee on Disability and Disability History; a member of the Mid-America American Studies Association’s (MAASA) executive board; and an advisor on the Over Here Project, a 5,000-square-foot traveling exhibit on the history of the United States during World War I. The project is being produced by the Minnesota Historical Society and will be completed in 2017.

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Courses Taught
4553 - Gender in America
5120 - Graduate Seminar in US History