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John Troyer

John received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society in May 2006. His Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "Technologies of the Human Corpse, " was awarded the University of Minnesota's 2006 Best Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities. From 2007-2008 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University teaching the cultural studies of science and technology. His his first book, also entitled "Technologies of the Human Corpse," will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015. In 2009, he co-founded the Death Reference Desk website (http://www.deathreferencedesk.org) which functions as an all purpose information source on all topics related to death, dying, and the dead body. Currently, John is the Death and Dying Practices Associate and the RCUK Research Fellow at the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. He is also the Deputy Director of CDAS. .

email: doktortroyer@gmail.com


  • Technologies of the Human Corpse (forthcoming). University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
  • 'Technologies of the HIV/AIDS Corpse.' Medical Anthropology, Vol 29 (2) pp19-149, 2010.
  • Abuse of a Corpse: A Brief History and Re-Theorization of Necrophilia Laws in America. Mortality, Vol 13(2) pp132-152 , 2008.
  • Embalmed Vision. Mortality Vol 12 (1) pp 22-47, 2007.

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