Founder's Biography


About the Founder

Educated at Harvard (AB), Cambridge (MA), and Oxford (DPhil), where he was a Rhodes Scholar, Professor Basker taught at Harvard for seven years before coming to Barnard College, Columbia University. Formerly the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English, he was appointed the Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History in 2006. Professor Basker has designed and directed student programs in Oxford and Cambridge, St Andrews, Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona, Salamanca, New York, Boston, and Los Angeles.  

He has written many books on history and literature (including most recently American Anti-Slavery Writings, 2012) and he has been an invited guest lecturer at the Sorbonne, Cambridge, and Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a James Osborn Fellow at Yale. 

Professor Basker is also President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City, where he advises on educational projects in the public school system and on teacher seminars at Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, and a dozen other universities.