Christopher Jones

JonesI am a PhD candidate in early American history at the College of William and Mary and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellow in Early American Religious Studies and Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. My nearly-complete dissertation, “Religion and Revolution in the Atlantic World: Methodism in North America and the Caribbean,” examines black and white evangelicals in the Revolutionary-era Atlantic World and their responses to the rapidly changing world in which they lived. It seeks to reorient the geographic scope of early American evangelicalism by exploring the transatlantic dynamics of Methodist growth and development and delineating the complicated entanglements of religion, revolution, and race in the era.

Portions of my dissertation research have been published in “‘An Encroachment on our religious rights’: Methodist Missions, Slavery, and Religious Toleration in the British Atlantic World,” in Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda, eds., The Lively Experiment: Religious Toleration in America from Roger Williams to the Present (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015): 101-116; and “Evangelical Religion in the Revolutionary South: An Atlantic Perspective,” Journal of Southern Religion (forthcoming).

In addition to my occasional contributions here at The Junto, I blog at Religion in American History and have contributed to multiple digital history projects, including The American Yawp: A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American Textbook, The American Converts Database, and the Transcribing Early American Manuscript Sermons project, where I am a founding editor.