Eric Slauter

English Language and Literature

Eric Slauter is Associate Professor in English Language and Literature and Director of the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture. Specializing in the cultural, intellectual, and literary history of early America, his scholarly work examines transformations in eighteenth-century thought and behavior. His current projects include A Cultural History of Natural Rights in America, 1689-1789, which seeks to explain how and why ordinary people came to believe they had rights, and an edited collection of essays on comparative colonial American studies. He serves as the faculty sponsor for the American Cultures Workshop and is the author of The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution (University of Chicago Press, 2009).