David Sehat is a cultural and intellectual historian of the United States. He has been on the faculty since 2008. Prior to arriving at Georgia State, he completed a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent a postdoctoral year at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Visiting Scholar. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he will be the John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government at Oxford.
Sehat writes broadly on American intellectual, political, and cultural life. He is the author of The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible (Simon and Schuster, 2015) and The Myth of American Religious Freedom (Oxford, 2011; updated edition 2015), which won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians. As a teacher, Sehat offers undergraduate courses on American Culture and Ideas and on Religion in American Life. He also teaches a graduate seminar on U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History.