Richard Sher
Distinguished Professor of History
New Jersey Institute of Technology


Richard Sher is Distinguished Professor of History and NJIT Chair of the Federated History Department. After earning a bachelors degree in philosophy, he pursued an interdisciplinary master’s degree in the history and philosophy of social science at the University of Chicago. This led to a Ph.D. at Chicago in modern European cultural, social, and intellectual history.

Since joining the NJIT faculty in the 1980s, Professor Sher has published widely on the Enlightenment and on book history, especially in Scotland and the English-speaking Atlantic world. He has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships and has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, His publications have received a number of distinctions, among them the American Historical Association’s Leo Gershoy Award in 2007 for The Enlightenment and the Book. He is the founding Executive Secretary of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, as well as the editor of its annual newsletter, Eighteenth-Century Scotland, and the general editor of its book series, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Scotland. He has served on several editorial and advisory boards, including those of the Scottish Literary Review, the Adam Smith Review, and the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell, His teaching, honored with NJIT’s excellence in graduate teaching award in 1997, focuses on the cultural and social history of communication and technology in European, American, and world history.

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