Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities
Areas of Specialization: American Revolution and the early United States.
Office: JO 3.918
Mail Station: JO 31
Email: [email protected]
I am a historian of early America and the United States from the revolutionary era through the Civil War. My research and my teaching explore how ordinary people grappled with the major political and intellectual issues of their day.
The trajectory of my scholarship thus far has moved from the lives of individuals who doubted Christianity to the lives of those who doubted the nation.
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 each other'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.
Quitting the Nation, my current book in progress, explores changing ideas about expatriation in politics and law but also in the lives of everyday Americans. This book connects the growing acceptance of expatriation as a right to increased American migration throughout North America. Combining legal, political, and popular writings about expatriation with archival research in the United States and Canada, Quitting the Nation will explain how a right to expatriation proved useful to Americans as they encountered powerful indigenous peoples and competing national powers. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society have provided financial support for early research on this book.
My work has also appeared in the Journal of American History, Early American Studies, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, among other publications.
I regularly teach courses on the American Revolution and the early American republic, religion and politics in the United States, the revolutionary Atlantic world, the history of church and state in the United States, and historiography. In my undergraduate courses I aim to immerse my students in primary historical sources. My graduate courses introduce students to major scholarly trends and interpretive problems that shape history as a discipline. In all of my courses I emphasize that studying history not only teaches us about the past, but it's also a powerful discipline for understanding our world today.
PhD, History, Brandeis University, 2008
MA, History, The University of Missouri, 2001
BA, History, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1998
Curriculum Vitae: Eric Schlereth's CV