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Christopher Grasso

Professor of History

Office: Blair 351
Email: [[cdgras]]
Regional Areas of Research: Atlantic World, Early America, United States
Thematic Areas of Research: Cultural/Intellectual, Religion


Christopher Grasso earned his PhD from Yale in 1992, taught at St. Olaf College, and came to William & Mary in 1999.  From 2000 to 2013 he served as the Editor of the William and Mary Quarterly.  He has published A Speaking Aristocracy: Transforming Public Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut (OIEAHC/ UNC Press, 1999), and articles in, for example, William & Mary Quarterly, the Journal of the Early Republic, and the Journal of American History. He has edited a Civil War memoir for Yale University Press and has completed a biography of the same character for Oxford University Press: Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy: The Civil Wars of John R. Kelso” (forthcoming, 2021).  His most recent work, Skepticism and American Faith: From the Revolution to the Civil War appeared with Oxford University Press in 2018 and won the SHEAR Best Book Prize.  His specialization is American religious history to 1900.