Two historians elected fellows of Society of American Historians

Author: Erik Runyon


Two University of Notre Dame history professors have been elected fellows of the Society of American Historians (SAH).

Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, and Thomas Slaughter, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History, are among 15 scholars and authors to be nominated this year by the SAH.Their appointments will be announced at the SAH annual awards dinner Monday (May 7) at the Harvard Club inNew York City.

The SAH, which seeks to promote literary distinction in the writing of history and biography, was founded in 1939.Its membership combines both academic historians and professional writers of American history, and is limited to 250 historians and 16 publishers.Notable members of the SAH included Pulitzer Prize-winners Steven Hahn and David Levering Lewis and the acclaimed author E.L. Doctorow.

According to Mark Carnes, executive secretary of the SAH, it is rare for two history scholars from the same institution to be elected in the same year.

Appointed to the Notre Dame faculty last year, Noll is one of the nations foremost scholars of religious and cultural history, and is a prominent participant in dialogues between evangelical and Catholic scholars.Selected in 2005 by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals inAmerica, Noll is the author of several books, includingThe Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitfield, and the WesleysandThe Civil War as a Theological Crisis.

Slaughter has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2001.His teachingand scholarship focus on 18th-century Anglo-American history, and he is author of five books, includingExploring Lewis and Clark,The Natures of John and William Bartram,andBloody Dawn.He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

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