Eric Sandweiss received his A.B. in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of California Berkeley in 1991. Sandweiss joined Indiana University’s (IU) faculty in 2002 as an associate professor of history and as the Donald F. Carmony Chair of History. From 2014 to 2017, he served as chair of the Department of History and since 2016, Sandweiss has been a part of IU’s “Prepared for Environmental Change” Grand Challenge. He is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as editor of the Indiana Magazine of History and holds adjunct professorships in American studies and in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at IU.
Prior to joining IU, he served as the director of research at Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, MO from 1992 to 2002 while also serving as an adjunct professor in the Department of History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research interests include cultural landscape studies, urban history, architecture, public history and museums, visual culture, American popular music, and Indiana.
In 2009, Sandweiss received a Fulbright award to serve as a UK-Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. Among other awards, he also received a Smithsonian Fellowship in Museum Practice and funding from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sandweiss is the recipient of a 2004 Trustees’ Teaching Award in the Department of History and the 2013 James P. Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Services to Students in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also received the Joan Patterson Kerr Award for Best Illustrated Book on the American West from the Western History Association in 1995.