14 Facts About Eric Foner


Eric Foner writes extensively on American political history, the history of freedom, the early history of the Republican Party, African American biography, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, and historiography, and has been a member of the faculty at the Columbia University Department of History since 1982.


Eric Foner was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2018.


Eric Foner describes his father as his "first great teacher," and recalls how,.


Eric Foner studied at the University of Oxford as a Kellett Fellow; he received a BA from Oriel College in 1965, where he was a member of the college's 1966 University Challenge winning team, though he did not appear in the final, having already returned to the US.


Eric Foner identified a threat to existing minority groups within the Baltic states, who were in turn threatened by the new nationalist movements.


Eric Foner has made multiple appearance on shows such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show to discuss US history.


Eric Foner's work is "brilliant, important," a reviewer wrote in the Los Angeles Times.


In 1989, Foner received the Avery O Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians.


In 1991, Eric Foner received the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates.


In 2009, Eric Foner was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln by the Governor of Illinois as a Bicentennial Laureate.


In 2012, Eric Foner received The Lincoln Forum's Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement.


In 2020, Foner was awarded the Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American Historians which goes to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history.


Eric Foner was married to screenwriter Naomi Eric Foner from 1965 to 1977.


Since 1982, Eric Foner has been married to historian Lynn Garafola.