Robert C.H. Sweeny


Emeritus Professor of History, MUN.

Professeur associé, histoire, UQAM.


SSHRC Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Edinburgh, with R.J. Morris.

Ph.D. McGill University, with Richard Rice, Stephen Randall 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 Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Room: A-1019
Phone: (709) 864-8435

Research Interests

Digital humanities; Theory and Method; History of capitalism, Historical Materialism

Current Research Projects

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

Gender, Property and National Identity.

Recent Publications

Open Letter Concerning the Anglican Cemetery (See link below).

“The Rock is a Hard Place: Wealth redistribution in 21st century Newfoundland.” Who Pays for Canada? E.A. Heaman (Ed.) Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, (forthcoming 2020).

“Sharing Space: the oeuvre of Sherry Olson.” & “Divvying up space: Housing segregation and national identity in early twentieth century Montréal.” Sharing Spaces: Essays in honour of Sherry Olson. Robert C.H. Sweeny (Ed.) Ottawa: les presses de l’Université d’Ottawa and the Museum of Canadian History, Mercury Series, (forthcoming, fall 2019).

« L’état des choses. » Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, 72, 2, 119-122.
Ian McKay, Bettina Bradbury, Magda Fahrni, Kathryn McPherson & Robert C.H. Sweeny.

“Macdonald Prize Round Table on Why Did We Choose to Industrialize?” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 28, 2, 2017, (published January 2019) 90-133.

“Newfoundland’s Boom: A study in the political culture of neo-liberalism.” Bryan Evans and Carlo Fanelli (Eds.) The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity: Perspectives from Canada’s Provinces and Territories. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018, 279-314.

“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 history 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

Italian Urban History Association, Bologna, September 2019.

Social Science History Association, Chicago, November 2019.

European Social Science History Conference, Leiden, March 2020.


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