John G. McCurdy

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Professor and Graduate Coordinator

History and Philosophy

701H Pray Harrold


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  • PhD, Washington University
  • MA, Washington University
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, Knox College

Interests and Expertise

Professor McCurdy specializes in colonial and Revolutionary America, gender and LGBTQ history, and the Atlantic world.

His research examines the connections between social and political history in eighteenth-century North America. In Citizen Bachelors, he considers how ideas about marital status in the colonial era gave rise to American citizenship, while in Quarters, he explores how debates over military power shaped notions of place in Revolutionary America.


  • HIST 115: What is an American?
  • HIST 123: The United States to 1877
  • HIST 380: American Colonies
  • HIST 415: Sexual Communities in American History
  • HIST 462/562: The Atlantic World
  • HIST 480: The American Revolution
  • HIST 490W: Senior Seminar
  • HIST 505: Historical Methods
  • HIST 538: Studies in Colonial American History

Publications and Presentations


  • Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
  • McNeil Center for Early American Studies
  • Organization of American Historians