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Associate Professor
521 Hamilton Hall


MA Princeton University, 1990
PhD Princeton University, 1995

Research Interests

Within the general field of Early American history, John Sweet’s research focuses on the dynamics of colonialism and on the interplay of religious cultures. His first book explored the encounters of Indians, Africans, and Europeans in New England and argued that the racial legacy of colonialism shaped the emergence of the American North as well as the South. He has also worked with other historians and literary scholars on the Jamestown colony and its broader cultural and international contexts. His current project is The Captive’s Tale: Venture Smith and the Roots of the American Republic.

Some Notable Publications

  • Biography and the Black Atlantic, co-edited with Lisa A. Lindsay (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
  • Bodies Politic: Negotiating Race in the American North, 1730–1830 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 395—Sex and the Law
  • HIST 566—Sexuality in America