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Sarah Swedberg, PhD, is a scholar of the early American republic (the period immediately following the American Revolution). Her research focuses on the anxiety of the first generation of American citizens as they created a republican form of government. Her current research focuses on "lunatics" (the term used at the time), and weaves together medical and political histories.

She loves engaging with the public and has participated in programs with the Garfield County libraries on the American Civil War for the sesquicentennial celebrations. She has a deep and abiding love for archival research and is the former recipient of the New England Regional Consortium Fellowship, which allowed her to research in New England historical societies, and of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, which allowed her to research at the Library Company of Pennsylvania, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Hospital.

She is currently working on an anthology project with Erika Jackson entitled, When Women Look at Men. She is working to find a publisher for a short history with primary documents that focuses on New England Fourth of July Sermons, 1800-1804. A future project that combines her interest in material culture, public history and the American west is tentatively titled, Shooters Trash: Material Culture in the High Desert.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

"Teaching Colonial American History," The Middle Ground 5 (Fall 2012).

"Teaching Women's History I Offered Social History, They Took Away Heroes," History Compass 2 (2004) 1-7.

"The Popular Culture of Depression in the Early American Republic," Journal of American and Comparative Cultures 23 (Fall 2000) 43-47.