Thomas Foster, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair

Phone: 773-325-4169
Office: SAC 422

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Research and Teaching Interests

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Early America
  • U.S. Women's and Gender History
  • American Revolution
  • History of Sexuality
  • U.S. Social and Cultural History

Courses Offered

  • LSP 200: Race and Ethnicity in Early America
  • LSP 200: Multiculturalism and U.S. Women's History
  • HST 275: Sex in America: From Puritans to Victorians
  • HST 181: U.S. to 1800
  • HST 288: U.S. Women's History
  • HST 354: U.S. Women's History
  • HST 370: American Colonial History
  • HST 422: Seminar in Primary Source Analysis
  • HST 431: Colloquium in American History: British Colonial and Revolutionary America
  • HST 431: Colloquium in American History: Race and Ethnicity in Early America
  • HST 431: Colloquium in American History: Sex and Gender in Early America



  • Editor, Women in Early America: Transnational Histories, Rethinking Master Narratives (Under contract, NYU Press).
  • Sex and Enslaved Manhood




















  • “Reconsidering Libertines and Early Modern Heterosexuality: Sex and American Founder, Gouverneur Morris,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 22 (January 2013): 65-84.
  • “Recovering Washington’s Body-Double: Disability and Manliness in the Life and Legacy of a Founding Father,” Disability Studies Quarterly (January 2012).
  • “Sex Between Men in the Eighteenth Century,” reprint of Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America (Boston: Beacon Press, 2006), ch. 7, in Elizabeth Reis, ed., American Sexual Histories 2nd edition (Blackwell, 2012). 
  • “The Sexual Abuse of Black Men Under American Slavery,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 20 (September 2011): 445-64. 
  • “John Adams and the Choice of Hercules: Manliness and Sexual Virtue in Eighteenth-Century British America,” in New Men: Manliness in Early America, ed., Thomas A. Foster, (New York: New York University Press, 2011). 

  • “Antimasonic Satire, Sodomy and Eighteenth-Century Masculinity in The Boston Evening-Post,” Notes and Documents, The William and Mary Quarterly 60 (January 2003): 171-84.

  •  “Deficient Husbands: Manhood, Sexual Incapacity, and Male Marital Sexuality in Seventeenth-Century New England,” The William and Mary Quarterly 56 (October 1999): 723-44. Reprinted in American Experiences: Readings in American History, Volume 1 to 1877 5th edition, eds., Randy Roberts and James S. Olson, (New York: Longman, 2002).


  •  "A Question of Power, Not Sex," Bakersfield Californian, October 9, 2010.
  • "Voting Away Others' Rights," Detroit Free Press, November 13, 2008.