I am an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My research and teaching interests are in African American and early American history, especially abolitionist thought, liberal religion, and secularism. 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, Transcendentalists, and Universalists in 18th and 19th century America and the ways in which adherents to these disparate religious traditions engaged with the institution of slavery. For more info check out my faculty page and follow me on Twitter.