Eric Sandweiss

Professor and Carmony Chair, Department of History

Editor, Indiana Magazine of History

Adjunct Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Department of History

IU; IU Bloomington

Full Biography

I work in the areas of museums and public history, urbanism, cultural landscape studies, and American popular culture. Since 2016 I have taken active part in IU's "Prepared for Environmental Change" Grand Challenge, connecting that project's environmental scientists to the work of historians and other scholars of the humanities and the social sciences.

Honors and Awards

  • 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
  • Research Grant, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
  • Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Joan Patterson Kerr Award, Western History Association

Research Interests

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


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

Courses Taught