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Eric Foner

Eric Foner

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of the most prominent historians in the United States. He is the author or editor of over twenty books concentrating on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history and the history of American race relations. His most recent book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize. He is also the author of Give Me Liberty!: An American History, a widely-used survey textbook of U.S. history published by W. W. Norton. 

Professor Foner is one of only two persons to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and Society of American Historians. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University. As co-curator of two award-winning historical exhibitions, and through frequent appearances in news media and now this online series, he has endeavored throughout his career to bring historical knowledge to the Columbia community and to a broad public outside the university. His newest work is Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.  

Tim Shenk

Tim Shenk

Timothy Shenk, chief teaching assistant for this series, is a graduate student in history at Columbia University. His writings have appeared in the Nation, Dissent, and Jacobin, among other venues, and he is the author of Maurice Dobb: Political Economist.

Tim graduated with honors in history from Columbia College in 2007. At Columbia, he chaired the College’s Academic Awards Committee, served as opinion editor and managing editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator, and was founding editor of The Eye, a weekly magazine published by the Spectator. From 2007 to 2009, Tim attended the University of Cambridge on a Kellett Fellowship. He received an MPhil in Historical Studies with distinguished performance for a dissertation on “Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and The New-York Tribune, 1851-1861.” Tim was also a Prize Research Student at the Centre for History and Economics and winner of a Mellon Prize Research Grant.

At Columbia, where he is studying on a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Tim is writing a dissertation, tentatively titled “Inventing the American Economy, 1917-1981,” which examines the emergence of the economy as a subject of economic knowledge and object of policy intervention over the 20th century. The project has grown out of a larger concern with braiding together political economy with the history of the political. Tim is also interested in the relationship between history and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences—more specifically, with using history to enrich social theory.

The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning

The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) builds education experiences for Columbia University’s faculty, staff, and students across all of Columbia’s colleges, schools, and departments — on campus and online. From our earliest days in 1999, CCNMTL has been dedicated to producing new media and developing educational technology to enhance university teaching and learning. Our productions, publications, and events aim to provide thought leadership and practical support — and promote innovation in pedagogy and curriculum development — for teachers and higher education everywhere. For more information, please visit

Production on the Civil War & Reconstruction MOOC generously supported by the Office of the Provost, Columbia University. Provost: John Coatsworth. 

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