Field: United States
Advisor: Christopher Leslie Brown
Eric Herschthal, a second-year Ph.D. student, studies the relationship between freedom and slavery in the Age of Revolution, focusing on the early United States. Related areas of research include the Atlantic World; the history of science; the Enlightenment; and the development of human rights. His advisor is Prof. Christopher Leslie Brown. Eric received his bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton in 2006, and a master’s in journalism from Columbia in 2009. Prior to entering Columbia’s history Ph.D. program, he worked as a journalist in New York City, and continues to write for publications including The Daily Beast, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and elsewhere. Eric also contributes to the early American history blog, The Junto. In addition, Eric teaches American history to underprivileged high school students through the Gilder Lerhman Institute's Saturday Academy program. For the 2013-2014 academic year, he also serves as the education committee co-chair for Columbia's Graduate History Association.