Robert C.H. Sweeny


Honourary Research Professor


  • SSHRC Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Edinburgh, with R.J. Morris
  • Ph.D. McGill University, with Richard Rice and Louise Dechêne.
  • M.A. UQAM, with Alfred Dubuc.
  • B.A. (Hons.) Sir George Williams University with Martin Singer, John Laffey and George Rudé


Department of History
Memorial University of NewfoundlandLost in Dingle
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Room: A-1019
Phone: (709) 864-8435

Research Interests

Digital humanities; Theory and Method; History of capitalism.

Current Research Projects

Co-director of the historical GIS project Montréal, l'avenir du passé (MAP)

Gender, Property and National Identity.

Recent Publications

  • “The Challenges of an Equitable Fiscal Policy.” Asking the Big Questions: Reflections on a Sustainable Post-Oil Dependent Newfoundland and Labrador. Barbara Neis, Rosemary Ommer and David Brake (Eds.) St John’s: Royal Society of Canada Atlantic, 2017, 24-43
  • “Gender, discrimination and housing in turn-of-the-century Montréal. What mapping the census returns of immigrants can tell us.” Frontiers in Digital Humanities, 3, 8 (September, 2016), 1-18.
  • Why did we choose to industrialize? Montreal, 1819-1849. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015. Winner of the 2016 Governor General's award for scholarly research: the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize of the Canadian Historical Association for "the most significant contribution to our understanding of the Canadian past."
  • With Valerie Burton, "Realizing the democratic potential of online sources in the class room" Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 30, October 2015.

Upcoming Conferences

  • Social Science History Association, Montréal, November 2017




Department of History

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000