About me

Christopher JonesI am a historian of religion, race, and slavery in early America and the Atlantic World. I completed a PhD in early American history at the College of William and Mary in 2016, and am currently a visiting assistant professor of history at Brigham Young University.

My book project, “Methodism, Slavery, and Freedom in the Revolutionary Atlantic World,” is the first book-length study to analyze Methodist growth and development throughout the Atlantic World. Ranging from the early American republic to Britain’s Maritime and Canadian colonies, and from the West Indies to West Africa, it examines the larger Atlantic context in which John Wesley’s Methodist movement expanded during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Focusing on the relationships between Methodists across national, racial, and political boundaries, the project traces the ties that initially united them and the disagreements that ultimately divided them.

My teaching likewise situates the history of early America in broader global contexts and emphasizes the transnational connections and conflicts that shaped Britain’s American colonies and the early United States. I take teaching seriously, and recognize it as a central part of my scholarly identity. I bring creativity to the classroom and utilize innovative pedagogy to help students both master the material of the course and develop critical thinking skills and the ability to use them outside of the classroom.

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.