The Literature of the Civil War and Sectional Reconciliation
Religion and the Civil Rights Movement
African American History
Awards and Honors
Fellow, Center for Ethical and Social Responsibility, University of Alabama (2010-11)
Teaching and Learning Grant, College Academy to Improve Student Success, University of Alabama (Spring 2009)
Instructional Grant, Active and Collaborative Learning Program, University of Alabama (Fall 2008)
Honors Alliance Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Texas at San Antonio (Spring 2007)
San Antonio’s Best Teachers, S. A. Magazine (August 2006)
Presidential Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, University of Texas at San Antonio (Spring 2006)
Research Grant, Research Advisory Council, University of Alabama (Spring 2009)
Fellow, Young Scholars in American Religion, Lilly Foundation and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (2003-2005)
Violet B. Gingles Award for Outstanding Research Manuscript in Arkansas History, Arkansas Historical Association Annual Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas (April 2001)
Dissertation Fellow, Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion (1996 – 1997)
Dissertation Fellow, Yale University, Pew Program in Religion (Summer 1996)
Fellow in the Humanities, Whiting Foundation and Princeton University (1995 – 1996)
University Faculty Research Award, University of Texas at San Antonio (2006)
Faculty Fellowship, Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion (Summer 2003)
University Faculty Research Award, National Endowment for the Humanities (2002)
Beveridge Research Grant, American Historical Association (1995)
“The Mississippi River and the Transformation of Black Religion, 1865-1920,” in Gods of the River: The Mississippi River and American Religion, ed. Michael Pasquier (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2011).
“The African American Religious Press,” in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media, ed. Diane Winston (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
“Buying and Selling with God: African American Religion, Race Records, and the Emerging Culture of Mass Consumption,” in Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, ed. W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2011).
“For God and Lodge: Black Fraternal Orders and the Evolution of African American Religion in the Postbellum South,” in The Struggle for Equality: Essays on Sectional Conflict, the Civil War, and the Long Reconstruction, eds. Vernon Burton, Jerald Podair, and Jennifer L. Veber (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2011).
“African American Religion: The Colonial Era,” in The Encyclopedia of American Religion, eds. Charles Lippy and Peter Williams (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010).
“Refining Religion: Consumerism and African American Religion in the Delta, 1875-1917,” in Dixie Emporium: Consumerism, Tourism, and Memory in the American South, ed. Anthony Stanonis (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2008): 137-174.
Faith in the Market: Religion and Rise of Urban Commercial Culture, eds. Diane Winston and John M. Giggie (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutguers University Press, 2002).
“‘Disband Him From the Church’: African Americans and the Spiritual Politics of Disfranchisement in Post-Reconstruction Arkansas,” Arkansas Historical Quarterly 60 (Fall 2001): 245-64.
“‘When Jesus Gave Me a Ticket’: Train Travel and Spiritual Journeys Among African Americans, 1865-1917,” in The Visual Culture of American Religion, eds. David Morgan and Sally Promey (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001): 249-266; 356-359.