Nicholas Syrett

Nicholas Syrett

Associate Professor & Chair

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-2595
(970) 351-2199
Ross 3270C
Office Hours
M 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. & W 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. or by appointment
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Department of History
Campus Box 116
Greeley, CO 80639


Professional/Academic Experience

Research/Areas of Interest

The history of gender, sexuality, and childhood in the nineteenth and twentieth-century United States.

Publications/Creative Works

American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.  

Ed., with Corinne T. Field, Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present. New York: New York University Press, 2015.

The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities.  Gender and American Culture Series. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009 (paperback 2011).

“Statutory Marriage Ages and the Gendered Construction of Adulthood in the Nineteenth Century,” in Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present, ed. Corinne T. Field and Nicholas L. Syrett (New York: New York University Press, 2015): 103-123.

With Corinne T. Field, “Introduction,” in Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present, ed. Corinne Field and Nicholas L. Syrett (New York: New York University Press, 2015): 1-20.

“Mobility, Circulation, and Correspondence: White Queer Men in the Midcentury Midwest,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20:1-2 (2014): 75-94.

“Screening the Queer Past: Teaching LGBT History with Documentary Films,” in Understanding and Teaching U.S. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History, ed. Leila J. Rupp and Susan K. Freeman (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014): 331-342.

“The Contested Meanings of Child Marriage in the Turn-of-the-Century United States,” in Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, ed. James Marten (New York: New York University Press, 2014): 145-165.

“‘Lord of a Hawaiian Island’: Robert and John Gregg Allerton, Queerness, and the Erasure of Colonialism on Kaua‘i,” Pacific Historical Review 82:3 (August 2013): 396-427.

“‘I did and I don’t regret it’: Child Marriage and the Contestation of Childhood in the United States, 1880-1925,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 6:2 (Spring 2013): 314-331.  

“Queering Couplehood: Robert and John Allerton and Historical Perspectives on Kinship,” Genders 55 (Spring 2012).

“A Busman’s Holiday in the Not-So-Lonely Crowd: Business Culture, Epistolary Networks, and Itinerant Homosexuality in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 21:1 (January 2012): 121-140.

“Who Is Teaching Women’s History?: ‘Insight,’ ‘Objectivity,’ and Identity,” in Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women’s History, ed. Carol Berkin, Margaret Crocco, and Barbara Winslow (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009): 267-278.

“The Boys of Beaver Meadow: A Homosexual Community at 1920s Dartmouth College,” American Studies 48:2 (Summer 2007): 9-18.   

Honors and Awards

Other Experience


Op-eds in the New York Times, Daily Beast, CNN, NYU Press Blog, and UNC Press Blog.

Newspaper/magazine interviews with Newsweek, Inside Higher Ed, Out Magazine, Des Moines Register, Greeley Tribune, Daily Iowan, UNC Connection, UNC Mirror, The Daily Northwestern, Metro US, London Free Press (Canada), Times Higher Education (UK), ASU State Press, UGA Red and Black, Psychology Today, Knoxville News Sentinel, Memorial University Muse, Bloomberg News, Cornell Daily Sun, The Atlantic Monthly, George Washington University Hatchet, Information (Denmark), Fast Company, Business Insider, Chronicle of Higher Education, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Timeline, USA Today College, Pacific Standard, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, (University of) Minnesota Daily, Perspectives (AHA).

Radio interviews with Morning Edition (NPR), MPR News with Kerri Miller (Minnesota Public Radio), The Morning Shift (WBEZ-Chicago), BackStory (NPR/Virginia Foundation for the Humanities), The Current (CBC Radio Canada), The State of Things (WUNC-North Carolina), This Week @ Inside Higher Ed (, Happenings Q&A (WLIP-Wisconsin), The Bowery Boys

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