Eric Herschthal

Eric Herschthal

Eric Herschthal

Postdoctoral Fellow

486G University Hall
Columbus Ohio, 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Slavery and Emancipation
  • Black Atlantic World, 1500-1850
  • Science, Medicine, and Technology
  • U.S. History, 18th and 19th century
  • Early North America and the Atlantic World


  • Ph.D., History Department, Columbia University
  • M.S., Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
  • B.A., History Department, Princeton University


Eric Herschthal is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the African American & African Studies Department at The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism, and bachelor’s in history from Princeton University. He is currently completing his first book, The Science of Antislavery: Scientists, Antislavery, and the Myth of Slavery’s Backwardness, which is under contract with Yale University Press. His research interests include the history of slavery and abolition, African American history from the colonial era through Reconstruction, early American history, and the history of science, medicine, and technology.  He has received fellowships from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library, the Huntington Library, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the American Philosophical Society, among other places. His academic research has appeared in The Journal of the Early Republic and Early American Studies, and he continues to write about slavery, science, race, and American history for publications such as The New York Times, The New Republic, Slate, and The New York Review of Books.