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BA Amherst College, 1988
PhD Princeton University, 1995

Research Interests

John Sweet is an historian of Early America and the former director of UNC’s interdisciplinary Program in Sexuality Studies. He specializes in the social and cultural histories of race, gender, and sexuality during the periods before and after the American Revolution.

Some Notable Publications

Digital History

  • Chapel Hill 1930, project director, October 2020. Geo-located dataset of household enumerations from the 1930 Federal Census for Chapel Hill, District 6 (township), with other geo-referenced boundaries.
  • Graduate Students

  • This faculty member is accepting applicants for the 2024-2025 application cycle
  • Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

    For current information about course offerings, click here.

    • HIST 070—Seeing History in Everyday Places
    • HIST 236—Sex and American History
    • HIST 278—The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
    • HIST 395—Sex and the Law
    • HIST 561—The Colonial Experience in North America
    • HIST 566—The History of Sexuality in America