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Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar‑in‑Residence

The Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence was established in 2008 in honor of Jolyon P. Girard, PhD, who taught history and political science at Cabrini for more than 35 years.

The Scholar‑in‑Residence enables Cabrini to bring to campus historians or other appropriate scholars who have earned recognition for outstanding scholarship, and who share Girard’s passion for teaching.

The program was made possible by contributions from more than 120 donors.

2017–18 Girard Scholar:
R.B. Bernstein, JD 

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in the Mansion at Cabrini University 

  • 7:30–9pm: Keynote Lecture and Question-and-Answer Session
  • All are welcome to attend this free event.
  • Directions are available at cabrini.edu/directions.

R.B. Bernstein, JD is the 2017-2018 Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Cabrini University. Bernstein is Lecturer in Law and Political Science in the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.  He has also served as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School and Research Director for the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.  A specialist in Constitutional history, American political thought, and the F0unding Fathers, Bernstein was educated at Amherst College, Harvard Law School and New York University. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Documentary History of the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution, 1787-1791, the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Early Republic, and the Editorial Board of H-Law.

Bernstein is author/editor of over ten books, in addition to various book chapters and articles.  His books include The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (2009), a finalist for the 2010 George Washington Book Prize, and Thomas Jefferson (2003), both New York Times bestsellers.  His most recent publications include An Expression of the American Mind; Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson (editor, introduction, commentary) (Folio Society, 2013), and Making Legal History: Essays in Honor of William E. Nelson (co-editor) (NYU Press, 2013).  He is completing The Education of John Adams, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Founded in 2008, the Scholar-in-Residence Program at Cabrini University honors the 35-year teaching career of Jolyon Girard, PhD, in the University’s History Department. The program brings eminent historians to campus as a way to honor the creativity of teaching, something Girard personified at Cabrini.



Past Honorees

2016- Thomas J. Sugrue, PhD

  • Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University

2015 - Heather Cox Richardson, PhD

  • Professor of 19th-Century American History at Boston College

2014 - Douglas A. Blackmon

  • Pulitzer-Prize-winning author

2013 - Harold Holzer

  • Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Author of “The Civil War in 50 Objects” and “1863: Lincoln’s Pivotal Year”

2012 - Martha Ackmann, PhD 

  • Award-winning journalist, author, and editor
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and Augustus Anson Whitney Scholar in Non‑Fiction at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

2011 - Bettye Collier-Thomas, PhD 

  • Professor of History at Temple University
  • Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

2010 - Randall M. Miller, PhD 

  • William Dirk Warren ’50 Sesquicentennial Chair
  • Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University

2009 - Gary W. Gallagher, PhD

  • John L. Nau III Professor of History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia

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