Katharine Gerbner

Katharine Gerbner is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Her research explores the religious dimensions of race, authority and freedom in early America and the Atlantic world. Her first book, Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) shows how debates about slave conversion transformed the practice of Protestantism and the language of race. She has previously written articles about Obeah, Quaker slavery, print culture, and theories of conversion. Her current project, “Constructing Religion, Defining Crime,” examines how black religious practices under slavery were excluded from emerging categories of “religion.”

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