PhD Candidate in History, Loyola University Chicago, expected completion May 2018
- Proposed Dissertation: “‘Gratuitous Distribution’: Distributing African American Antislavery Texts, 1773–1850,” Kyle B. Roberts (Advisor), John Donoghue, Timothy J. Gilfoyle, Jeffrey Glover
- Comprehensive Examination Fields: American History to 1865, History of the Early Modern Atlantic World; Completed with Distinction, 2013
Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2009
- Master’s Thesis: “‘The Voice of Liberty is Sweet in Our Ears’: The Image of Haiti in African American Political and Religious Discourse, 1797–1829,” David Daniels (Advisor)
- with Academic Distinction
Bi-Registered Student, History of Christianity, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2007–2008
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Calvin College, 2005
- with Honor
Graduate Scholar-in-Residence, Newberry Library Chicago, 2016-2017
Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship in Leadership and Service, Loyola University Chicago, 2016-2017
McNeil Center for Early American Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2016–2017 (declined)
Lapidus Center Short-Term Fellowship, The Lapidus Center for the Historical Study of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2016–2017 (declined)
Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, 2011–2016
Loyola University Chicago, Graduate School Research Mentoring Fellowship, 2015
Historical Society of Pennsylvania/Library Company of Philadelphia McFarland Fellowship in African American History, 2014–2015
Massachusetts Historical Society Andrew W. Mellon Short-Term Fellowship, 2014–2015
Lapidus-Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) Slavery and Print Culture Fellowship, 2014–2015
Arthur A. Hays Fellowship, Christian History, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2011–2013
Higgins Fellowship, Presbytery of Chicago, Presbyterian Church (USA), 2011–2013
American Antiquarian Society History of the Book Summer Seminar: African American Cultures of Print, 2012
J Elliot P. Morrison Scholarship, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2006–2009
Nettie F. McCormick Award in Old Testament, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2009; 2008
Samuel Robinson Award, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2009
Isabella Blackstone Award in Church History, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2008
Taylor Award for Preaching, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2008
Research Assistant in Philosophy, Calvin College, 2005
Presidential Scholarship, Calvin College, 2001–2005
Mosaic Scholarship, Calvin College, 2001–2005
Vanden Bosch Scholarship, Calvin College, 2004–2005
Jubilee Fellowship, Calvin College and the Lilly Endowment, 2002–2003
Cécile Vidal, editor, Louisiana: Crossroads of the Atlantic World, forthcoming in The Historian (Volume 78, Number 2: Summer 2016).
Erskine Clarke, By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey, for Common-place (Volume 14, Number 3.5: Summer 2014).
Producer, Videographer, and Editor, “The Ellacuría Tapes Project,” Short Documentary, Introduction to “The Ellacuría Tapes: A Martyr at Loyola,” Digital Archive and Exhibit, Dina Berger, Project Producer and Manager, Launched Nov. 19, 2014.
Contributor, “The Abolition Seminar: Fighting Slavery and Racial Injustice from the Revolution to the Civil War” Interactive Teaching Resource. Richard S. Newman and Benjamin Wright, Editors. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Launched January 1, 2014.
“Agents and Advertisements in the Translocal, Transnational Black Newspaper Networks of Freedom's Journal and The Rights of All,” Across Borders: Print and Periodical Culture in Motion Symposium, New York City College of Technology – CUNY, Brooklyn, New York, June 9–10, 2016.
“Transnational Frontiers of Freedom: An 1823 Black Emigration from the Illinois Prairie to the Republic of Haiti,” Invited Panelist, African Americans in the Nineteenth Century Research Symposium, St. Louis University, St. Louis, May 20–21, 2016.
“Collecting Haytian Papers: Prince Saunders’ Assemblage and Preservation of a Black Atlantic History,” Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) Conference, Chicago, June 19, 2015.
“Black Ink on a Digital Map: Visualizing Early African American and Antislavery Cultures of Print,” African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture 2014 Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, September 19, 2014.
“Spreading the News, Mapping a Movement: Early African American Antislavery Newspapers on Digital Maps,” Graduate School Interdisciplinary Symposium, Loyola University Chicago, April 12, 2014. Historical Methodologies Best Paper Award.
“Prairie Routes to a Black Republic: An 1823 Passage of African American Settlers from Illinois to Haiti,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) Annual Meeting, St. Louis, July 19, 2013.
“Surviving Trauma and Rebuilding in Haiti: Psychological Resilience in Earthquake Survivors and Early-Nineteenth-Century African American Émigrés,” Co-presented with Gihane Jérémie-Brink, Graduate School Interdisciplinary Symposium, Loyola University Chicago, April 21, 2012. Global Awareness Best Paper Award.
“‘The Voice of Liberty is Sweet in our Ears’: African American Clergy and the Image of Haiti, 1823–1827,” Presented at the Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, November 14, 2009.