- PhD, Princeton University, 1998
- 19th-Century America
- Southern History
- African-American History
- American Religion
- African American Religion and the Civil War
- Early Blues Music
- Religion and the Civil Rights Movement
- American Civilization since 1865 (HY 104)
- The Literature of the Civil War and Sectional Reconciliation
- Religion and the Civil Rights Movement
- African American History
- New South
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).
- After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875-1915 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).
- “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.