Nicholas Syrett joined the faculty in 2006 and is currently an associate professor and graduate director. Syrett earned his A.B. in Women’s and Gender Studies at Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. He is interested in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently writing a book on the history of minors, marriage, and the regulation of youthful sexuality in the United States. Portions of this research appear in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth and in the forthcoming anthology Childhood and Youth in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (NYU Press). He is also co-editing (with Corinne T. Field) a collection of essays on the significance of chronological age in American history, which will be published by New York University Press.
His book, The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009 and released in paperback in 2011. It examines the construction of masculinity and heterosexuality in traditionally white fraternities from 1825 through the late twentieth century. Syrett has published articles on early to mid-twentieth-century queer history in American Studies, Genders, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the Pacific Historical Review, and he has an article forthcoming in GLQ. He has also written essays on teaching published in Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women’s History (Oxford University Press) and in the forthcoming Understanding and Teaching U.S. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History (University of Wisconsin Press).
He has been interviewed about his research by Inside Higher Ed, Newsweek, Out, North Carolina Public Radio, The Current (the daily radio news program of the CBC in Canada), BackStory, Times Higher Education (U.K.), and various local and college newspapers. He has also published pieces in theNew York Times and American Sexuality, the online magazine of the National Sexuality Resource Center. In 2010-2011 he was given the first annual Diversity in the Classroom award by UNC’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Outstanding Supportive Faculty Member Award by UNC’s GLBTA Resource Center. In 2012-13, he was named the College Scholar for Humanities and Social Sciences at UNC.
During Fall 2013, Dr. Syrett is teaching the following courses. Printable syllabi are available below:
- HIST 101: Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present | Syllabus
- HIST 347: United States Women’s History to 1877 | Syllabus
Dr. Syrett also offers the following classes at UNC:
- HIST 290: American Immigration
- HIST 323: Marriage and Family in the United States
- HIST 326: Sex and Sexuality in the United States
- HIST 348: United States Women’s History since 1877
- HIST 430: American Queer History
- HIST 480: Children and Childhood
- HIST 480: Gender, Race, and Crime
- HIST 530: Slavery in America
- HIST 530: Graduate Seminar on Gender in American History
- HIST 600: Historiography