Dr. John C. Beynon earned his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Utah and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside. He teaches courses in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature and culture, and in lesbian and gay literature.
He served as assistant editor for The Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures (Garland 2000) and has recently published essays on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. His current projects include co-editing an anthology of scholarship on same-sex desire between women in eighteenth-century Britain and a study of the role tea plays in early modern British culture.
He has presented numerous papers on topics relating to eighteenth-century discourses of desire, aesthetics, consumerism, and colonialism. Currently he co-chairs the Lesbian & Gay Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and he is the faculty advisor for United Student Pride, an organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender students at California State University, Fresno.
Dr. John Beynon has been with the English Department since 2000.