Robert C.H. Sweeny


Honourary Research Professor, MUN.

Professeur adjoint, 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.

Current Research Projects

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

Gender, Property and National Identity.

Recent Publications

“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

Institut d'histoire de l'Amèrique française, Drummondville, Octobre, 2018.

Social Science History Association, Phoenix, November 2018.


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