I am currently writing the biography of a religious freethinker who believed his ideas would change the world for the better. The book is titled American Infidel: Elihu Palmer's Visionary Religion in the Early United States (under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press). For a sampling of this work, see articles in the William and Mary Quarterly, July, 2016, and common-place.org, Spring 2015. Although an early Americanist by training, my research and teaching include much 20th-century history, with a focus on the "culture wars" over religion and politics. I am also interested in memoir as a lens into the past, and I offer courses on "History through Memoir." I love to teach, and in April 2011 I was honored to receive the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. In 2011/12, I was a Fulbright scholar at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany. My first book, Suspect Relations: Sex, Race, and Resistance in Colonial North Carolina (Cornell, 2002), explores the dynamics of racism in the 18th century. It focuses on the interactions of ordinary people in a slave society, and on the way their intimate relationships (and the treatment of these in court) made racial difference seem increasingly real. I received my Ph.D. from Duke University.