Eric Sandweiss

Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History, Department of History

Adjunct Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Department of History

IU; IU Bloomington

Full Biography

I write about museums and public history, urbanism, cultural landscape studies, and American popular culture. In addition to directing IU's interdisciplinary Curatorship graduate program, I also link the university to its public through my service as director of the boards of the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the IU Historic Preservation Committee.

I am not currently available to serve as a dissertation director, although I continue to teach, mentor, and serve on doctoral committees for students with relevant interests.

Honors and Awards

  • Ireland-US Fulbright Teaching Award
  • IU College of Arts and Sciences James P. Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students 
  • UK-Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Smithsonian Fellowship in Museum Practice
  • Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Research Grant
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
  • Western History Association Joan Patterson Kerr Award for Best Illustrated Book

Research Interests

  • Cultural landscape studies
  • Urban history
  • Architecture
  • Public history and museums
  • Visual culture
  • American popular music
  • Indiana
  • Environmental history


  • A.B., Harvard University, 1981
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1991

Courses Taught

  • U.S. History from 1865 to the Present (undergraduate lecture)
  • Hoosier Nation: Indiana in American History (undergraduate lecture)
  • London and the Rise of the Western City (undergraduate travel seminar)
  • Civil Rights in Ireland and the US: 1840-Today (undergraduate travel seminar)
  • History in Public (undergraduate seminar, graduate colloquium)
  • History of Collections and Museums (graduate colloquium)
  • From Pueblos to Strip Malls: A History of the American Landscape (undergraduate seminar)
  • Space and Place in History (graduate colloquium)
  • Cities and History (undergraduate lecture)
  • Modern Presidential Elections: Image and Substance (undergraduate seminar)