Early American History; History of Colonial North America; History of Religion; Social and Cultural History; Transnational History; History of Death; Indigenous History
534 Park Hall
Buffalo NY, 14260
Phone: (716) 645-5648
HIS 161: U.S. History to 1865
HIS 215: Death in America
HIS 452: Indians: Africans: and Europeans in Colonial America
HIS 533: Readings in Early American History
HIS 534: The Atlantic World: 1400-1800
HIS 580: Radical Religion in the Anglo-Atlantic World
Colonial North America: religion, Indians, African-Americans, death
The Pox of 1721: Boston’s Deadliest Epidemic (book in progress)
Speaking with the Dead in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000, second edition, co-edited with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (Routledge, 2018)
The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead: Indian-European Encounters in Colonial North America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)
Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)
Pious Persuasions: Laity and Clergy in Eighteenth-Century New England (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999)
Selected Articles and Chapters
"The Presence of the Dead among U.S. Protestants, 1800-1848," Church History 88 (June 2019): 381-408
“Native Spirits, Shaker Visions: Speaking with the Dead in the Early Republic,” Journal of the Early Republic 35 (Fall 2015): 347-73
“Death in the Atlantic World,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, edited by Trevor Burnard (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) (9000-word online publication)
“Piety and Practice in North America to 1800,” Cambridge History of Religions in America, edited by Stephen J. Stein, 3 vols. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012): 1:686-707
“Reassessing the ‘Sankofa Symbol’ in New York’s African Burial Ground,” William and Mary Quarterly, vol 67 (January 2010): 101-22.
“Jews in the Early Modern Atlantic: Crossing Boundaries, Keeping Faith,” in The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000, edited by Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and Erik R. Seeman (Prentice-Hall, 2007), 39-59.
“Spooky Streets: Spirits of the Past Haunt Ghost Tours,” Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life , vol. 3, no. 1 (October 2002)
“Reading Indians’ Deathbed Scenes: Ethnohistorical and Representational Approaches,” Journal of American History , vol. 88 (June 2001): 17-47.
“‘It Is Better To Marry Than To Burn’: Anglo-American Attitudes Toward Celibacy, 1600-1800,’” Journal of Family History, vol. 24 (October 1999): 397-419
“‘Justise Must Take Plase’: Three African Americans Speak of Religion in Eighteenth-Century New England,” William and Mary Quarterly , vol. 56 (April 1999): 395-416.