Collegiate Affiliation

My research explores the religious dimensions of race, authority, and freedom in the early modern Atlantic world. My book, "Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), shows how debates between slave-owners, black Christians, and missionaries transformed the practice of Protestantism and the language of race in the early modern Atlantic World.

I am currently at work on a few different projects. One, entitled “Constructing Religion, Defining Crime,” examines how some non-European religions – particularly those that were practiced under slavery – have been excluded from the category of religion and criminalized over the past three centuries.

A related project investigates the religious and medical practices of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, paying particular attention to obeah. I am interested in how Afro-Caribbean ideas about healing, prayer, and worship influenced the construction of European categories such as religion and medicine. I have also been working on an article about Missionaries and Maroons, which takes a micro-historical look at how and why maroon leaders sought to create alliances with Christian missionaries.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: History of American Civilization, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2013 -
  • AM: History, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2009 -
  • BA: Religion, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2006 -

Specialties

  • Atlantic World
  • Early American History
  • Religion
  • Comparative Early Modern History
  • History of Race
  • Global Christianity