CV in Brief

Christopher M.B. Allison

Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities

Harper & Schmidt Fellow, Society of Fellows

University of Chicago

Research and teaching interests: Early America in the Atlantic World. 18th and 19th Century. Material Culture. Religion. Reform. Slavery and Antislavery. Spatial History. History of Science and the Body.


2017                                      Harvard University, Ph.D., History of American Civilization

2013                                      Harvard University, A.M., History

2010                                      Yale University, Divinity School, M.A.R., History of Christianity

2006                                      Olivet Nazarene University, B.S., Social Sciences Education                                 

Teaching Credentials

State of Illinois Teaching Certificate, History and Social Sciences, 7-12.

Harvard Teaching Certificate, Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University.


Relics and the Sacred Body in Early America, 1750-1850

Dissertation Committee:

▪Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor, History. (Co-Chair)

▪Catherine Brekus, Charles Warren Professor of American Religious History, Divinity School (Co-Chair)

▪Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History

▪Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Chair, American Studies.

Comprehensive Exam Fields

Major Field: North American History (focus on religion)

                            Atlantic, David Neill Hempton

                            North America, Dan McKanan

Minor Field: African American History, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

Minor Field: History and Literature of Transatlantic Reform, John Stauffer

Publications and Major Papers

(forthcoming) “Cloud of Witnesses: Painting History through Combinative Portraiture, 1750-1875,” in Essays on the History of Portraiture for the 50th Anniversary of the National Portrait Gallery, ed. Windy Wick Reaves (Washington: Smithsonian Books, 2018).

“Layered Lives: Boston Mormons and the Spatial Contexts of Conversion,” Journal of Mormon History, Vol. 41, Spring 2016.

“Holy Man, Holy Head: John Wesley’s Busts in the Atlantic World,” Common-place, 15:3, Spring 2015

“This Is Not A Chair,” [video] with John Bell, Carla Cevasco, and Cara Fallon, advised by Sarah Carter and Jon Prown, Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee, WI, 2013.

Montenegro,” “Croatia,” “Kosovo,” “Fez,” “Yugoslavia,” in Encyclopedia of Global Religion, Mark Jurgensmeyer and Wade Roof Clark, eds. (London, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE publications, 2012).

“The Methodist Edwards: John Wesley’s Abridgement of the Selected Works of Jonathan Edwards,” Methodist History (June 2012).

“Notable Nazarenes: A Comparative Analysis of the Political Activism of Gary Hart and James Dobson” Glossolalia, 2:2 (Summer 2010). 

“Floating on a Sea of Prejudice”: The Making of the Religious Activism of Samuel Cornish.” master’s thesis, Yale Divinity School, 2010. Directed by Harry Stout, Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History.

“Enver Hoxha and the Hegemony of Culture: Albanian Cultural Domination in the Communist Era,” Honors Senior Thesis, Olivet Nazarene University, 2006.  Directed by William Dean, Professor of History.