reflections on race, religion, history & social change

August 26, 2020

Since the onset of the global health crisis, like so many people in the United States and in other countries, new and challenging circumstances at work and at home have required me to change my priorities, at least temporarily. Among other things, this has meant that I...

October 8, 2019

A couple of weeks ago at an interesting forum hosted by the SC Human Affairs Commission and the SC Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation, seated next to the Vice-Chair of the Waccamaw Indian People, an African American state legislator, and an advocate for children...

October 1, 2019

The History Press released my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, at the end of February, and I'm excited about being on the road to share it!

Weighing in at a slim 190 pages, in softcover, with more than 70 beautiful historic photographs, maps, a...

July 9, 2019

I'm happy to be traveling to Phoenix, AZ this weekend for a talk about my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina. I'll be presenting at a monthly gathering at the home of my friend Dr. Gregory Schweitz at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. I'll have cop...

May 20, 2019

Check out this interview I did with Baha'i Blog, a great site that provides high-quality, thoughtful content for Baha'is and their friends worldwide, about my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, which was just published at the end of February. Th...

November 6, 2018

As a Baha'i, I consider voting in civil elections to be a sacred duty, one part of a life of service aimed at fostering justice, peace, and prosperity for all. 

As a professor of United States history, I am also acutely aware of the long and twisting tale of voting rig...

August 31, 2018

In recent days the sitting governors of South Carolina and Florida have each referred to their political opponents as animals.

It is no coincidence that these same political opponents overwhelmingly represent African Americans.

This would just be more of a tired old stor...

July 11, 2018


I'm not a poet, and I try not to curse quite as much as this guy, but his analysis of whiteness is pretty spot-on.

I've been reflecting for some time on what must take the place of the conception of whiteness that is summarized so cogently in this poem. Does it mea...

April 26, 2018

This morning I received a draft copy of the cover of my new book, a brief introduction to the first century of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, from my editor at the History Press, and I'm SOOOO happy!

In its first two chapters this book will cover much of the same g...

April 16, 2018

I'm delighted to announce that, the online distributor for the Baha'i Publishing Trust in the United States, is now carrying my book, No Jim Crow Church: The Origins of South Carolina's Baha'i Community, published in 2015 by the University Press of F...

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