Eric Sands

Eric C. Sands

Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
Ashbrook Center
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Eric Sands is Associate Professor of Government at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, where he received the SGA Outstanding Faculty Award in the Spring of 2009. Dr. Sands has published a book, American Public Philosophy and the Mystery of Lincolnism (University of Missouri Press, 2009) that examines the public philosophy of Abraham Lincoln and how the development of Lincoln’s ideas affected the politics of Reconstruction.  He has also published articles in Perspectives on Political SciencePS: Political Science & PoliticsThe Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior, and The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court.  Dr. Sands has served as an Annual Fellow for the Jack Miller Center and is currently an Academic Partner for the Bill of Rights Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia.

Research Areas

Abraham Lincoln


Ph.D. - University of Virginia, 2006
M.A. - University of Virginia, 2000
B.A. - Hampden-Sydney College, 1997

Courses Taught

AHG 501 - American Revolution
AHG 503 - Sectionalism and Civil War
AHG 608 - Civil War and Reconstruction
AHG 641 - The Supreme Court
AHG 642 - Political Parties



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