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Richard J. Boles

Visiting Assistant Professor


Division of Humanities and the Arts




NAC 5/129A

p: 212-650-7137


  • Profile

    Professor Boles specializes in early American history, particularly African American and Native American history from the colonial era to the Civil War, and American religious history.

    Boles researches race relations in northern Protestant churches from 1730 to 1850, and he has revising his first book manuscript. His work examines the transition from racially diverse churches during the early eighteenth century to separate American Indian and African American congregations by the early nineteenth century in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. Boles shows that a significant portion of northern Protestants worshiped in interracial churches between 1730 and 1820. He has also begun a second book project that will survey American religious history from the perspective of Indians and African Americans between 1565 and 1865.

    His research has been supported by a New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Grant, an Albert J. Beveridge Grant, a Gilder Lehrman Research Fellowship, an American Congregational Association-Boston Athenæum Fellowship, and a Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowship.


  • Education

    B.A. Boston College

    M.A. Boston College  

    Ph.D. The George Washington University

  • Research Interests

    Native American History, African American History, Early American History, American Religious History

  • Publications

    “Dividing the Faith: The Rise of Racially Segregated Northern Churches, 1730-1850” (Ph.D. dissertation, The George Washington University, 2013)

     “Documents Relating to African American Experiences of White Congregational Churches in Massachusetts, 1773-1832,” New England Quarterly 86, no. 2 (June 2013).

    “Race and Colonial Congregational Churches: Some Surprising Findings,” Bulletin of the Congregational Library, Second Series, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2012).

    “Biographical Sketch of the Rev. William Levington,” in African American National Biography. Edited by Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 


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