Justin earned his B.A. from Boston College in 2003, and his M.A. in history from the College of William and Mary in 2005. He is currently writing his dissertation “Abolitionist Whalemen: Race, Class, and Antislavery Activism in the New England Whalefishery, 1775-1877.” In addition to teaching, Justin has worked for a number of years in public history, spending time with the Nantucket Historical Association, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He is the author of several articles that have appeared in Historic Nantucket, the Encyclopedia of African American History, and The Early Republic and Antebellum America. Justin was an Andrew W. Mellon fellow in Humanistic Studies in 2003-2004, and a recipient of the 2007 Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship for dissertation research at Mystic Seaport and other New England maritime research institutions. He is presently an adjunct professor of history at Prairie State College in Illinois.