Robert E. Shalhope
George Lynn Cross Professor of History

After graduating from DePauw University I attended the University of Missouri where I received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history in 1967. I have taught at the University of Oklahoma since that time and was named a George Lynn Cross Research Professor of History in 1991.


My primary research and teaching interests are in American political culture throughout the period 1760-1876.  I have published essays in various journals, including the Journal of Southern History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and the Journal of American History, on various manifestations of political thought in the Revolutionary and early national period. In addition, I have published several books on related topics. The latest is Bennington and the Green Mountain Boys: The Emergence of Liberalism in Vermont, 1763-1850 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996). I am currently writing a biography of an ordinary farmer who lived in Bennington, Vermont, during the years 1788-1839.

Throughout the course of my career I have held fellowships at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, the American Antiquarian Society, and from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1997 I was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society.

Graduate Instruction

I have directed theses and dissertations on a variety of topics.  Currently I have two masters students working in the Civil War period and one doctoral student writing on the emergence of liberal thought in New Brunswick in the early nineteenth century and another doctoral student writing a biography of the Shaw family of Boston.


I teach an undergraduate course on the Civil War Era, as well as undergraduate seminars on assorted topics on American History from 1760-1860.  I also teach a graduate seminar on Early American History.

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