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Thomas Foster

Research and Teaching Interests

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

Courses Recently Offered

  • LSP 200: Multiculturalism and U.S. Women's History
  • HST 275: Sex in America: From Puritans to Victorians
  • HST 288: U.S. Women's History
  • HST 422: Seminar in Primary Source Analysis



  • "Sex and Public Memory of Founder Aaron Burr​," Common-Place 15 (Fall 2014).
  • "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).

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