Robert A. McCaughey, professor of history and Janet H. Robb Chair in the Social Sciences, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1969. His teaching specialties include the social history of American intellectual life, the history of American colleges and universities, and early American maritime history. Professor McCaughey was a recipient of Barnard's Emily Gregory Teaching Excellence Award in 1987.
Professor McCaughey's recent research interests include the history of Columbia University and maritime New York in the Age of Sail. Professor McCaughey's research and scholarship have been supported by the New-York Historical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Professor McCaughey has a long-standing interest in the use of electronic resources in education. He has been the Director of BEATL (Barnard Electronic Archive and Teaching Laboratory) since 1997.
He was the founding director of the Barnard first-year seminar program and has served several terms as chair of Barnard's history department. From 1987 to 1993 he served as dean of the Barnard College faculty.
Academic Focus: American history, Early American maritime culture
"The Education of Alexander Hamilton," New-York Historical Society Journal of American History Fall 2004
Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1754-2004 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003)
Scholars and Teachers: The Faculties of Select Liberal Arts Colleges and Their Place in American Higher Learning (Barnard College and the Mellon Foundation, 1995)
The American Nation: A History of the United States, 7 ed. (with J. A. Garraty) (HarperCollins, 1991)
International Studies and Academic Enterprise: A Chapter in the Enclosure of American Learning (New York: Columbia University Press, 1984)
"The Transformation of American Academic Life: Harvard University 1821-1892," Perspectives in American History 8 (1974)
Josiah Quincy, 1772-1864: The Last Federalist (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1974)