John Goodyear researches areas of modern German cultural history at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century (Jahrhundertwende), including
- Representations of music and musical life in German modernist literature
- Intellectual legacy of German-Jewish philosopher Theodor Lessing (1872-1933)
- Urban social history of twentieth-century German city noise
- Phenomena of Musikstädte of Vienna, Munich and Berlin
Goodyear is currently working on a research project in the context of the renovation of the Globe theatre in Oldenburg, Germany. This research focuses on Anglo-German theatre life in occupied Germany immediately after the Second World War.