US 1900–Present, 2015


Research Interests

Twentieth-century US and Middle Eastern history; modern Iraq and Syria; violence, total war, and militarization in the United States; the US all-volunteer military; terrorism in the American imagination; the Westphalian state after the Cold War; the politics of secularism, religion, human rights, and gender; transnational history; international relations; cultural history; problems of evidence and interpretation in digital history


Johann Bayer researches the construction of a militarized culture, society, and state in the United States at the end of the Cold War. Johann is interested in the transnational history of the United States and the Middle East, particularly in relation to religious activism, violence, war, and the politics of gender relations in both regions. Methodologically, Johann is preoccupied with the problems of marshaling and interpreting historical evidence in an age of information overload.

Johann has studied at the Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA (2014), the University of Chicago (MA, 2011), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BA, 2009), the American University in Cairo (2009), the Institute for American Studies, Aix-en-Provence (2007), and Triton College, River Grove, IL (2005).

Before returning to his native Chicago, Johann served as an analyst, covering the Syrian civil war for the US Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He deployed to Iraq (twice), Kosovo, and Djibouti as an infantryman in the US Marine Corps. A student of Arabic and French, he has lived in and traveled throughout much of the Middle East. Johann has taught US history and humanities courses at Triton College, the community college he once attended. It was at Triton College, both as a student and an instructor, where his love of teaching was born. Outside of the classroom and academia, Johann is involved with refugee and veterans' organizations and is an avid carpenter.