African American Religious and Intellectual History; Slavery and Abolition; Religious Liberalism; American Secularism
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.
My second book, entitled Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism (Northwestern University Press, 2019), explores African American humanism, agnosticism, and atheism from the late-18th century to the civil rights era. Drawing from memoirs, novels, poetry, newspapers, and archival materials, I argue that secularism has been a key component of black political and intellectual life for nearly 150 years.
In addition to my research, I was the founding president of the African American Intellectual History Society. I started this organization and its group blog Black Perspectives 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 new Black Perspectives posts at aaihs.org.
Articles and Book Chapters
“‘The Entire Thing Was a Fraud’: Christianity, Freethought, and African American Culture.” Raymond Haberski, Jr. and Andrew Hartman, eds. American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times Cornell University Press, 2018.
“The New Negro Renaissance and African American Secularism.” Keisha N. Blain, Christopher Cameron, and Ashley Farmer, eds. New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition Northwestern University Press, 2018.
“Slavery and African American Irreligion.” Journal of Southern Religion Vol. 18 (2016): http://jsreligion.org/vol18/cameron/
“Zora Neale Hurston, Freethought, and African American Religion.” Journal of Africana Religions Vol. 4 No. 4 (2016): 236-244.
“The Puritan Origins of Black Abolitionism in Massachusetts.” Historical Journal of Massachusetts 39 (Summer 2011): 79-107.
HIST 1160 U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1161 U.S. History from 1865-Present
HIST 2000 Religion in America
LBST 2101 Unbelief in America
HIST 2105 American Slavery and Emancipation
HIST 2160 African American History, 1400-1860
HIST 2600 History Skills Seminar: Religion and the American Revolution
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 3203 The Antebellum U.S., 1800-1860
HIST 4000 Historiography of the American Revolution
HIST 4600 Religion in American History
HIST 4600 The American Revolution
HIST 4797 Honors Methods and Practice: The American Revolution
HIST 6000 Graduate Colloquium in U.S. History to 1865