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Dr. John Carter Wood

Member of the academic staff, Department of History
Room: 03-08, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39480
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


Personal Details:

Born in 1970 in La Grange, Illinois, USA. 1988-2001: studied Modern European History with a concentration on Great Britain at Northern Illinois University (BA 1992) and the University of Maryland, College Park (MA 1994, PhD 2001). 1992-1994: MA Fellowship, University of Maryland, College Park. 1994–1997: teaching assistant, University of Maryland, College Park. 2001: visiting lecturer, University of Maryland, College Park. 2005-2011: research fellow in Criminal Justice History at The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK), Department of History and International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR).
Since 2011: post-doctoral research fellow at the IEG, since September 2012 as primary investigator for the externally funded project "Christian Intellectuals and the Social Order in 1930s and 1940s Britain", supported by the German Research Foundation.

Research interests:

The history of crime and justice in modern Europe (e.g., violence, police, trials and their portrayal in the media)
Britain and "Europe" in the twentieth century; British attitudes (whether religious or secular) towards the process of European unification
Culture and media of the inter-war period, especially in Britain.

Selected publications:

The Most Remarkable Woman In England: Poison, Celebrity and the Trials of Beatrice Pace (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012). To the review
"Watching the Detectives (and the Constables): Fearing the Police in 1920s Britain", in Moral Panics, Social Fears, and the Media: Historical Perspectives, ed. Sian Nicholas and Tom O'Malley (in printing, Routledge, 2013).
"Zwischen Mammon und Marx: Christliche Kapitalismuskritik in Großbritannien 1930-39" in Robert König, ed., Religion und Kapitalismus (Vienna: Società – Forum für Ethik, Kunst und Recht, in printing, 2012).
"Press, Politics and the ‚Police and Public‘ Debates in Late 1920s Britain", Crime, Histoire & Sociétés/Crime, History and Societies, 16, no. 1 (2012): 75-98.
Christianity and National Identity in Twentieth-Century Europe. Conflict, Community, and the Social Order (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz: Beihefte 111), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2016.


“Christian Social Thought in Britain as a Reaction to the European Crises of the 1930s and 1940s”

In this DFG-financed project, John Carter Wood researched the plans for a new social and political order that were developed within a mainly Anglican and Presbyterian intellectual group in the 1930s and 1940s in response to economic crises, totalitarianism and war.

Research Training Group: "The Christian Churches and the Challenge of 'Europe'"

The research training group examines reactions in the process of European unification, as well as the repercussions and activities that the process gave rise to in the area of the churches. The project also focuses on the efforts of the churches to insert religious concepts of values into the political processes.