History Department

Eran Zelnik


Dr. Zelnik received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 2016. A cultural historian of the early United States, his current research looks at humor to trace the rise to dominance of common white men over the Revolution, Early Republic, and Antebellum periods. The tentative title of his book project is “Republic of Mirth: Humor, Settler Colonialism, and the Making of a White Man’s Democracy, 1750-1850.”


“Masculinities in Early America,” The Routledge Companion to Masculinity, in American Literature and Culture, ed. Lydia R. Cooper (Routledge, 2021).

“Self-Evident Walls: Reckoning with Recent Histories of Race and Nation,” Journal of the Early Republic, 41:1 (March 2021), 1-38.

"Yankees, Doodles, Fops, and Cuckolds: Compromised Manhood and Provincialism in the Revolutionary Period, 1740-1781" Early American Studies, 16:3 (Summer, 2018), 514-544.

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Office: Trinity 213
Phone: 530-898-4760
Email: eazelnik@csuchico.edu