Martha A. Sandweiss

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Martha A. Sandweiss
Alma materYale University
EmployerPrinceton University

Martha A. Sandweiss is an American historian. She is a professor of History at Princeton University, and the author of several books.[1] She is the Founder and Project Director of the Princeton & Slavery Project, a large-scale investigation into Princeton University's historical ties to the institution of slavery.[2]

The Princeton & Slavery Project began with an undergraduate research seminar Sandweiss taught in spring 2013, and has since grown to comprise a website and public programming events in Princeton, New Jersey.[3] The Project website launched on November 6, 2017, and currently includes more than 90 scholarly essays, a digital archive of hundreds of historical sources, video interviews with Princeton University alumni, and other multimedia tools and features.[3] A scholarly symposium presenting Project findings was held in November 2017, beginning with a keynote speech by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison and including panels discussing the Project's research and its implications for the study of slavery in the United States.[4] As part of the symposium, the McCarter Theatre in Princeton commissioned and premiered seven original short plays based on collaboration with Project researchers.[5]


  1. ^ "Martha A. Sandweiss". Department of History. Princeton University. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (November 6, 2017). "Princeton Digs Deep Into Its Fraught Racial History". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "About Princeton & Slavery". The Princeton & Slavery Project. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Princeton and Slavery Symposium explores U.S. history 'writ small,' reveals 'powerful and fruitful' research". Princeton University. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  5. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (November 6, 2017). "Putting the Ghosts of Princeton's Racial Past Onstage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-11-01.