I am an Assistant Professor of History at Brigham Young University, where I teach a variety of courses, including U.S. History to 1877, Introduction to Family History, Revolutionary America, Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa and the Atlantic World, African American Family History, English Language Paleography, and Missions and Missionaries in American History.
My research focuses on religion, race, and slavery. My book manuscript, Methodism, Slavery, and Freedom in the Revolutionary Atlantic World, is the first book-length study of early American Methodism throughout the Atlantic World. It traces the expansive growth of the movement in North America, the Caribbean, and West Africa during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but argues that the defining feature of Methodism during this era was division, as racial and political strife ruined church leaders’ efforts to sustain a transatlantic Methodist community. Based on extensive research in more than two-dozen archives throughout the United States, England, Canada, and the Caribbean, the book provides fresh insight into the complicated intersections of religious, racial, and political identities in the Revolutionary Atlantic World.
I have recently begun research on a new project investigating the first global missions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1850s, and am currently co-editing with David Golding a collection of essays on Protestant and Mormon missions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
I also maintain an active online presence (@ccjones13). I am a founding member of The Junto: A Group Blog on Early 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.