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Director, Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath

John Troyer is Director of the Centre for Death ( and Society and Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

His new book, "Technologies of the Human Corpse" (MIT Press 2020) about the dead body and its relationship with human technology is out on April 28, 2020. (

John received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society in May 2006. 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.

Within the field of death studies, John focuses on delineating and defining the concept of the dead human body. His interdisciplinary research focuses on contemporary memorialisation practices, concepts of spatial historiography, and the dead body's relationship with technology. John is also a theatre director and installation artist with extensive experience in site-specific performance across the United States and Europe.

He is cofounder of the Death Reference Desk website, (, and the Future Cemetery project ( and grew up in the American funeral industry.

Twitter: @DeathRef and @FutureCemetery


  • –present
    Lecturer, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath