Christopher Allison studies 17th through 19th century America within the context of the broader Atlantic world. His particular focus is on the history of religion, science and the body, race, gender and reform, especially through the study of material objects and spaces. His work has dealt with the history of early American black abolitionism, the material culture of credit reporting, transatlantic intellectual exchange, religious conversion and gender in urban spaces, and the role of religious memory in the American reckoning with slavery. He is also interested in innovative historical methods of analysis and teaching, from the use of GIS technology to map the past, to using objects as historical evidence in the classroom. He received his B.S. in Social Sciences Education from Olivet Nazarene University in 2006, along with an Illinois Teaching Certificate in Social Studies, his M.A.R. studying American religious history from Yale Divinity School in 2010, and an A.M. in History from Harvard in 2013. His dissertation is on the Protestant body and relics in early America.
Starting in the fall of 2017, he will be a Harper & Schmidt Fellow at the Society of Fellows, and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.