Early American History; African American Religion; Slavery and Abolition; American Religious and Intellectual History; African American Freethought
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
B.A. Keene State College, 2006
My first book is entitled To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement (Kent State University Press, 2014). Here I explore the relationship between Puritan theology and the rise of black abolitionism, arguing throughout the work that African Americans were central to the development of the antislavery movement in America.
I am currently working on two monographs. The first of these, Black Freethinkers, explores African American humanism, agnosticism, and atheism from the late-18th century to the present. My second book, Liberal Religion and Slavery in Early America, examines the rise and growth of liberal religious sects such as the Unitarians, Universalists, and Transcendentalists in 18th and 19th century America and the ways in which adherents to these disparate traditions engaged with the institution of slavery.
In addition to my research, I am the founder and president of the African American Intellectual History Society. I started this organization and its group blog in order to provide a space for scholars in disparate fields to discuss the many aspects of teaching and researching black intellectual history. Check out our posts at aaihs.org.
- To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement Kent State University Press (2014)
- Early American History: Society, Politics, and Culture Cognella Academic Publishing, 2013.
- The Abolitionist Movement: Documents Decoded ABC-CLIO (2014)
- “The Puritan Origins of Black Abolitionism in Massachusetts.” Historical Journal of Massachusetts 39 (Summer 2011): 79-107.
- Short Term Fellowship, Manuscripts and Rare Book Library, Emory University (2015)
- Faculty Research Grant, UNC Charlotte (2011, 2013, 2015)
- Massachusetts Historical Society/National Endowment for the Humanities Long Term Fellowship (2013-2014)
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowship (2009)
- Philips Library Fellowship, Peabody Essex Museum (2009)
- Mowry Dissertation Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill (2009)
- Royster Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill (2006-2010)
- McNair Undergraduate Opportunity Fellowship (2005)
HIST 1160 U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1161 U.S. History from 1865-Present
HIST 2000 Religion in America
HIST 2105 American Slavery and Emancipation
HIST 2160 African American History, 1400-1860
HIST 3000 American Thought and Culture to 1865
HIST 3003 Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World
HIST 3201 Colonial America
HIST 3202 The American Revolution, 1750-1815
HIST 4000 Historiography of the American Revolution
HIST 6000 Graduate Colloquium in U.S. History to 1865