Assistant Professor , HIST/HUHI
Office: JO 3.918
Curriculum Vitae: Eric Schlereth's CV
Areas of Specialization: American Revolution and the early United States.
Education: PhD, History, Brandeis University, 2008
MA, History, The University of Missouri, 2001
BA, History, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1998
I am a historian of early America and the United States from the revolutionary era through the Civil War. I have a particular interest in political and intellectual history. My first book, An Age of Infidels: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early United States, explores how individuals with profound religious differences, specifically professed Christians and vocal deists, contested one another’s beliefs in print and public spaces. The history of political conflicts between deists and their opponents explains how Americans navigated questions of religious truth and difference in an age of emerging religious liberty. I also have a developing interest in the history of the North American borderlands. This subject is central to my second book in progress, which will trace the history of expatriation in North America from 1750 to 1870. The trajectory of my scholarship has thus moved from the lives of individuals who doubted Christianity to the lives of those who doubted the nation. I have an essay on the relationship between religious revivalism and public life forthcoming in the Blackwell Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson and my published articles have appeared in Early American Studies and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. At UT-Dallas I regularly teach courses on the American Revolution, Religion and Politics in the Early United States, the Revolutionary Atlantic World, and the history of church and state in the United States.