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John G. McCurdy


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Ph.D., Washington University 
M.A., Washington University 
M.A., University of Chicago 
B.A., Knox College

Professional Associations/Memberships

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

Representative Courses Taught

HIST 115: What is an American?
HIST 380: American Colonies
HIST 415: Sexual Communities in American History
HIST 480: The American Revolution
HIST 489L4: Internship
HIST 490W: Senior Seminar
HIST 538: Studies in Colonial American History
HIST 689: Internship


Professor McCurdy is the EMU History Internship Coordinator.

Interests and Expertise

Professor McCurdy specializes in Colonial and Revolutionary America, Sexuality and LGBTQ, and Atlantic World history.  

Dr. McCurdy’s research explores eighteenth-century America society from a variety of angles. His first monograph Citizen Bachelors considered the role that marital status played in the creation of American citizenship. Currently, Dr. McCurdy is researching the issues of quartering in Revolutionary America to determine how debates over where to put soldiers shaped notions of the home, city, empire, and the new American nation.

Selected Publications

Quarters: Billets, Barracks, and Place in Revolutionary America (in preparation).

Citizen Bachelors: Manhood and the Creation of the United States (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2009).

Scholarly Articles

"From Fort George to the Fields: The Public Space and Military Geography of Revolutionary New York City," Journal of Urban History (accepted and awaiting publication in Winter 2018).

"Citizen-Soldiers in the Revolutionary Era and New Republic," in The Routledge Handbook of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military, ed. Kara Dixon Vuic (New York: Routledge, 2018).

“Gentlemen and Soldiers: Competing Visions of Manhood in Early Jamestown,” in New Men: Manliness in Early America, ed. Thomas A. Foster (New York: New York University Press, 2011).

“‘Your Affectionate Brother’: Complementary Manhoods in the Letters of John and Timothy Pickering,” Early American Studies 4 (2006): 512-45.

Popular Presentations
“Marbury v. Madison (1803),” The Lynn Rivers Show, WEMU 89.1 (6 February 2012).

“Ben Franklin’s America,” Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World Exhibit, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, Mich. (7 July 2011).

"We the Bachelors," The New York Times (4 July 2009), A19.