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Thomas A. Foster (they/them)

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Social Sciences

  • Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Science
  • College of Arts & Sciences

Biography

Thomas A. Foster, PhD, is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of History at Howard University. Dr. Foster is a historian of early American gender and sexuality. As Associate Dean he is responsible for overseeing Faculty Affairs, including the Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) process, in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Foster also serves as Co-Director of the Chair Leadership Academy (Provost's Office, Office of Faculty Development) and is a speaker for the Organization of American Historians, Distinguished Lecturer Program.

Note: As Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Foster is not currently accepting PhD students.

Education & Expertise

Education

PhD

History
Johns Hopkins University

MA

History
Johns Hopkins University

MA

History
North Carolina State University

BA

Sociology
Cornell University

Expertise

Publications

Books

Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violence Against Enslaved Men

Women in Early America (editor)

Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past

Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America (editor)

New Men: Manliness in Early America (editor)

Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America (editor) (Choice! Outstanding Academic Title)

Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America (Referenced in Carlos Ball Amicus Brief, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2014; marriage equality).

Select Articles and Essays

“Lessons from Abingdon Plantation at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.,” in Lawrence Aje and Nicolas Gachon, eds., Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World (Routledge, 2019).

 “Queering the Bonds of Intimacy Among Enslaved Men,” in Bee Scherer, ed., Queering Paradigms 7 (New York: Peter Lang, 2019).

“’No Man Can Be Prevented From Visiting His Wife’: Henry Butler and Enslaved Manliness in Family and Intimacy,” in Tim Gruenewald, ed., Rethinking America’s Past: Voices from the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection (Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati Press, 2019).

“Recovering Washington’s Body-Double: Disability and Manliness in the Life and Legacy of a Founding Father,” Disability Studies Quarterly (January 2012).

“Deficient Husbands: Manhood, Sexual Incapacity, and Male Marital Sexuality in Seventeenth-Century   New England,” The William and Mary Quarterly 56 (October 1999): 723-44. (winner of the Richard L. Morton Award)

Select Editorial and Blog Posts

“The Rape of Rufus? Sexual Violence against Enslaved Men” NotchesBlog.com

“Who Owns the Evidence of Slavery’s Violence?” Public Seminar (9/10/20).

“A Museum of Women’s History is Long Overdue,” CNN.com (2/18/20).

“The Virginia portion of Amazon’s HQ2 should acknowledge what lies beneath,” Washington Post (online 11/27/18).

“Trump’s Assault on Our National History Must End,” Chicago SunTimes (5/2/17).