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Eric Slauter

English Language And Literature

Eric Slauter is Deputy Dean of the Humanities and the College and Associate Professor of English Language and Literature and the College. 

Professor Slauter’s research focuses on the history of slavery, abolition, and emancipation; labor history; environmental history; and Atlantic history.  

He is the author of The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution which received honorable mention in the Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book. He has published articles on the “trade gap” between history and literature in Atlantic studies, a short biography of the enslaved 18th-century painter Scipio Moorhead, and a series of essays on the language of rights and equality in early America. 

Professor Slauter serves as the founding director of the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.