Prof. Sharp received his A.B. in political science and M.A. in American history from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1958 and 1960 respectively. He was awarded a Ph.D. in American history from UC-Berkeley in 1966. At Syracuse University (SU) he teaches the American history introductory course, an upper division course, the Age of Jefferson and Jackson, and various other undergraduate and graduate courses.
He also has taught numerous interdisciplinary courses dealing with contemporary American issues, including a graduate course on the history of public administration that emphasized public policy issues throughout the course of American history. At SU’s London campus, he has taught a course comparing English and American political history and a comparative political leadership course.
Sharp has received several awards for his teaching and research, including SU’s Chancellor’s Citation for Distinguished Teaching and Research and Scholar-Teacher of the Year. He is also a Gateway Fellow (an honor given for outstanding teaching in lower division introductory courses). In addition, he has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.
Sharp is the author or editor of six books and numerous articles in the field of US history.