Richard Boles

Richard J Boles

Richard J. Boles, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The George Washington University

Address 115 Murray (South)

Fall 2017 Office Hours:TR 2:00-3:30, W 1:30-2:30, and by appointment

Colonial and Revolutionary America;  Native American History; African American History; American Religious History 

Richard Boles specializes in early American and United States history, particularly African American and Native American history from the colonial era to the middle of the nineteenth century, and American religious history. Boles researches race relations in northeastern Protestant churches from 1730 to 1850, and he is revising his first book manuscript. This 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, a Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowship, and other grants.

Courses  Taught

HIST 1103 Survey of American History
HIST 5120 Reading Seminar in American History – Colonial and Revolutionary