Princeton Professor of History Marni Sandweiss is the founder and director of the Princeton & Slavery Project (slavery.princeton.edu), a far-reaching public history project — including dozens of contributors, community partners and artistic components — that explores the University’s historical entanglements with the institution of slavery. She began her career as curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas, and then taught at Amherst College for 20 years before joining the Princeton faculty in 2009.
She has published widely on the history of photography, the history of the American West and race in American life. Her prize-winning books include: “Print the Legend: Photography and the American West” and “Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line.” She teaches courses on Western American history, narrative writing and public history. She is currently president of the Western History Association, and consults widely on matters related to history education and museum exhibitions.