Professor Emeritus of History
Herbert Sloan has been a member of the Barnard faculty since 1986. In addition to his teaching duties for the history department, Professor Sloan is affiliated with Barnard's American studies program.
Professor Sloan's teaching interests are history of the Colonial and Revolutionary periods, and the history of American law, including the Constitution. He is a recipient of the Emily Gregory Award for Teaching Excellence at Barnard.
He frequently gives presentations on historical topics to audiences ranging from the high school level to professional organizations for historians. He is presently working on a book to be entitled The Fall and Rise of Nancy Randolph.
Professor Sloan is a member of the advisory board of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. He is also active in the world of documentary editing, two current examples being his memberships on the advisory boards of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson and the Papers of John Jay.
Principle and Interest: Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995; Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 2001, paperback edition)
"Presidents as Historians," in John Adams and the Founding of the Republic, ed. R. A. Ryerson (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2001), 266-83
"George Washington," in The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency, ed. A. Brinkley and D. Dyer (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000)
"Julian Parks Boyd," in American National Biography, ed. J. A. Garraty and M. C. Carnes (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)
"Hamilton's Second Thoughts: Federalist Finance Revisited," in Federalists Reconsidered, ed. D. Ben-Atar and B. B. Oberg (Charlottesville, VA and London: University Press of Virginia, 1999)
"The Rights of the Living Generation: Jefferson and the Public Debt," Philosophy and Public Policy 13 (1993)
"The Earth Belongs to the Living," in Jeffersonian Legacies, ed. P. S. Onuf (University of Virginia Press, 1993)
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