Kirk to Congress: John Witherspoon’s American Revolution (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, forthcoming).
On the relationship between piety, enlightenment thought, and political unionism from the colonial era through to the American Revolution. Witherspoon was the only clergyman to sign the American Declaration of Independence.
Recent peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters:
“Anglo-Scottish Union and John Witherspoon’s American Revolution,” William and Mary Quarterly, (October 2010)
“The Scottish Enlightenment, Presbyterian Piety, and American Slavery, 1707-1865”, in Peter C. Messer and William T. Harrison, eds., Faith and Slavery: Presbyterians, Slavery, and Abolitionism in the Anglo-American World, 1700-1906, forthcoming.
“Decolonizing the Diet: synthesizing Native-American history and ancestral health studies in a new pedagogical paradigm”, Journal of Evolution & Health, forthcoming
“The American Founding and color-blind conservatism from the age of Niebuhr to the Obama administration,” History & Policy (October 2014).
“Truth Exalts America: religious history, the Tea Party and the conflicted meaning of the American Founding”, in Roger Chapman, ed., Social Scientists Explain the Tea Party Movement (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2013).
“Abolitionism and the Classics in America and beyond”, The Classical Review 63.1 (April 2013) (Review Essay)
“Seduced by the self: Susanna Rowson, moral sense philosophy, and evangelicalism”, (with K.J Collis) in Tita Chico and Toni Bowers, eds., Atlantic Worlds in the Long Eighteenth Century: Seduction and Sentiment (New York: Pan Macmillan, 2012)
“The History of Charlotte Temple as an American Bestseller”, in Thomas Ruys Smith and Sarah Churchwell, eds., Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers (London and New York: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2012).
“Nehemias (Scotus) Americanus: Enlightenment and Religion between Scotland and America,” Historical Journal, 54.2 (March 2011): 241-264
“Europe, the American Crisis, and Scottish Evangelism: the Primacy of Foreign Policy in the Kirk?” in William Mulligan and Brendan Simms, eds., The Primacy of Foreign Policy in British History (New York: Pan Macmillan, 2010).
“Religion and Anglo-American intervention in Sudan” in David Trim and Brendan Simms eds., The History of Humanitarian Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
“Daily life and the family routine in colonial America,” in Rodney Carlisle, ed., Daily Life in America: the Colonial and Revolutionary Era, (Golson Books: 2009)
“The Atlantic World”, in Richard M. Juang and Noelle Morrissette, eds., Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (ABC Clio, 2007): 131-7
“Syllogism in the Declaration of Independence”, in Geoff Golsen, ed., July 4 1776: One Day in History (HarperCollins and Smithsonian Books, 2006).