I’m the one wearing glasses.

Hello. I’m a historian of American religion and culture, with a focus on the Civil War era. I am a PhD candidate at Rice University and currently live in the Memphis area.

For stuff I’ve written, go here. My CV is here.

I’m writing my dissertation on the Cumberland Presbyterians, the largest Protestant church not to split along North–South lines during the Civil War era; for more than on that, go here.

If you want to peep at the US History Since 1877 class I recently taught at the University of Memphis, go here.

And here are some fun historical conversations I’ve had on Bloggingheads.

Feel free to email me at wrblack7@gmail.com. I also tweet @williamrblack.