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 try to link the university to its public through my service on the boards of the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the IU Historic Preservation Committee.

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)
  • 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)