Eric Schlereth

Associate Professor - Arts And Humanities
exs082000@utdallas.edu
972-883-2168
JO3918

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - History
Brandeis University - 2008
M.A. - History
The University of Missouri - 2001
B.A. - History
University of Missouri-St. Louis - 1998

Publications

Privileges of Locomotion: Expatriation and American Power in the Southwestern Borderlands, submitted to the Journal of American History August 2010. submitted - Publication
Essay on Religious Revivalism (still untitled), in A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (Danvers, MA: Blackwell Publishing Company, forthcoming). forthcoming - Publication
An Age of Infidels: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early United States. (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming February 2013). forthcoming - Publication
Review of Thomas Paine and the Promise of America by Harvey J. Kaye, in New-York Journal of American History (forthcoming 2010). 2010 - Publication
Review of Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations by Craig Nelson, in Journal of Historical Biography, Vol. 5, Spring 2009. 2009 - Publication
Remembering Thomas Paine and Reckoning with Religion in Antebellum America, in Ronald F. King and Elise Begler, eds., Thomas Paine: Common Sense for the Modern Era. (San Diego: San Diego State University Press, 2008). 2008 - Publication
Review of Joseph Priestly and English Unitarianism in America by J.D. Bowers, in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 132 3 (2008) 277-8. 2008 - Publication
A Tale of Two Deists: John Fitch, Elihu Palmer, and the Boundary of Tolerable Religious Expression in Early National Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 132, No. 1, January 2008: 5-31. 2008 - Publication
Fits of Political Religion, Stalking Infidelity, and the Politics of Moral Reform in Antebellum America, Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall 2007: 288-323. 2007 - Publication
Review of Atlantic History: Concept and Contours by Bernard Bailyn, in The Newsletter of the New England Historical Association, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, 2005. 2005 - Publication

Appointments

Adjunct Instructor
Pine Manor College [2007–2007]
Adjunct Instructor
Suffolk University [2007–2007]
Visiting Professor
Emmanuel College [2007–2008]

Projects

The Grandest Chain Preserving the Federal Union:' Nationalism, Republican Discourse, and the Potomac Company
2002–2002 Sixth Annual Conference of the Southern Industrialization Project: St. Louis, MO; 31 May 2002.
Rendering the Mass of Mankind Perfectly Rational: Free Enquiry, Evangelical Deism, and the Boundaries of Moral Reform in the Early Republic, 1827-1839
2005–2005 2005 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) Annual Meeting: Philadelphia, PA; 21-25 July 2005.
A British Socialist in the Republic of Mexico: Robert Owen and the Cosmopolitan Sources of Early National Expansion
2009–2009 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) Annual Meeting: Springfield, IL; 16-18 July 2009.
Creating a Disenchanted Republic: American Political Independence and the Problem of Religion
2007–2007 2007 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting: Minneapolis, MN; 29 March ¨C1 April 2007.
Remembering Paine and Reckoning with Religion in Antebellum American Politics
2005–2005 Thomas Paine: Common Sense for the Modern Era Symposium: San Diego, CA; 21-22 October 2005.

Additional Information

Personal Statement
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.
Teaching

Masters direction

  • Erwan R. Terrien, prospective Spring 2011

Masters advisement

  • Richard Abercrombie, M.A. candidate in the History Program.
  • Jeremy Friesen, M.A. candidate in the History Program.
  • Haylie Hunt-Fraser, M.A. candidate in the History Program.
  • Paul Ranta, M.A. candidate in the History Program.
  • Hailey Stewart, M.A. candidate in the History Program.

Classroom teaching

  • 2010, Fall, HIST 1301-007, United States History to 1877: From the Colonial Periphery to a Fractured Nation State.
  • 2010, Fall, HIST 1301-008, United States History to 1877: From the Colonial Periphery to a Fractured Nation State.
  • 2010, Fall, HIST 6310, Early American Political History.
  • 2010, Spring, HIST 4377, Religious Politics in Early America.
  • 2010, Spring, HIST 6310, The Early American Republic.
  • 2009, Fall, HIST 1301, United States History to 1877: From the Colonial Periphery to a Fractured Nation State.
  • 2009, Fall, HIST 6310, Religion in Early America.
  • 2009, Spring, HIST 4377, The American Revolutionary Era.
  • 2009, Spring, HIST 6310, The Revolutionary Atlantic.
  • 2008, Fall, HIST 1301, Honors Section of United States History to 1877: From the Colonial Periphery to a Fractured Nation State.
  • 2008, Fall, HIST 4377, Religious Politics in Early America.
Other
  • Committee member, Artifacts of Loss: Abjection and Preservation in the work of Brockden Brown, Cooper, Bierce, and Melville dissertation in progress by Jeff Petineo, Ph.D. candidate School of Arts and Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Service-refereeing

  • 2009-2010
  • Manuscript referee for Journal of British Studies.

Service-School

  • 2009-2011
  • Member of the Executive Committee, School of Arts and Humanities.

Service-University

  • 2009-2012
  • Member of the Wellness Committee, a University-wide Standing Committee.

Service-Community

  • 2008-2009
  • Chair of the Examining Committee, final oral examination for Sartaj Chanchal, Exploring Workplace Spirituality as a Concept of Value for the Contemporary Practice of Public Administration, dissertation presented to the School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Funding

An Age of Infidelity: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early National United States
$300 - Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University [2007–2007]
An Age of Infidelity: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early National United States
$250 - Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University [2006–2006]
An Age of Infidelity: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early National United States
$500 - Gilder Lehrman Institute of American Hi [2005–2005]