L. Russell Feakes Assistant Professor of the History of Global Christianity
PhD in History, Loyola University Chicago, 2018
- Dissertation: “‘Gratuitous Distribution’: Distributing African American Antislavery Texts, 1773–1850,” Kyle B. Roberts (Advisor), John Donoghue, Timothy J. Gilfoyle, Jeffrey Glover
- Comprehensive Examination Fields: American History to 1865, History of the Early Modern Atlantic World; Completed with Distinction,2013
Master of Divinity, with Academic Distinction, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2009
- Master’s Thesis: “‘The Voice of Liberty is Sweet in Our Ears’: The Image of Haiti in African American Political and Religious Discourse, 1797–1829,” David D. Daniels, III (Advisor);
Bi-Registered Student, History of Christianity, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2007–2008
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with Honors, Calvin College, 2005
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship, 2017-2018
American Historical Association Council Annual Meeting Travel Grant, 2018
Graduate Scholar-in-Residence, Newberry Library Chicago, 2016-2017
Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship in Leadership and Service, Loyola University Chicago, 2016-2017
McNeil Center for Early American Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2016–2017 (declined)
Lapidus Center Short-Term Fellowship, The Lapidus Center for the Historical Study of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2016–2017 (declined)
Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, 2011–2016
Graduate School Research Mentoring Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago 2015
Historical Society of Pennsylvania/Library Company of Philadelphia McFarland Fellowship in African American History,2014–2015
Massachusetts Historical Society Andrew W. Mellon Short-Term Fellowship,2014–2015
Lapidus-Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) Slavery and Print Culture Fellowship,2014–2015
Arthur A. Hays Fellowship, Christian History, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2011–2013
Higgins Fellowship, Presbytery of Chicago, Presbyterian Church (USA), 2011–2013
American Antiquarian Society History of the Book Summer Seminar: African American Cultures of Print,2012
J Elliot P. Morrison Scholarship, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2006–2009
Nettie F. McCormick Award in Old Testament, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2009; 2008
Samuel Robinson Award, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2009
Isabella Blackstone Award in Church History, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2008
Taylor Award for Preaching, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2008
Research Assistant in Philosophy, Calvin College, 2005
Presidential Scholarship, Calvin College, 2001–2005
Mosaic Scholarship, Calvin College, 2001–2005
Vanden Bosch Scholarship, Calvin College, 2004–2005
Jubilee Fellowship, Calvin College and the Lilly Endowment, 2002–2003
Cécile Vidal, editor, Louisiana: Crossroads of the Atlantic World,in The Historian 78, Number 2 (Summer 2016).
Erskine Clarke, By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey, for Common-place14, Number 3.5 (Summer 2014).
Producer, Videographer, and Editor, “The Ellacuría Tapes Project,” Short Documentary, Introduction to “The Ellacuría Tapes: A Martyr at Loyola,” Digital Archive and Exhibit, Dina Berger, Project Producer and Manager, Launched Nov. 19, 2014.
Contributor, “The Abolition Seminar: Fighting Slavery and Racial Injustice from the Revolution to the Civil War” Interactive Teaching Resource. Richard S. Newman and Benjamin Wright, Editors. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Launched January 1, 2014.
“Visualizing Antislavery Distribution Networks and Examining Print Practices Invisible to the Bibliographic Entry,” Book History and Digital History Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, September 22–23, 2017.
“Agents and Advertisements in the Translocal, Transnational Black Newspaper Networks ofFreedom’s Journaland The Rights of All,” Across Borders: Print and Periodical Culture in Motion Symposium, New York City College of Technology – CUNY, Brooklyn, New York, June 9–10, 2016.
“Transnational Frontiers of Freedom: An 1823 Black Emigration from the Illinois Prairie to the Republic of Haiti,” Invited Panelist, African Americans in the Nineteenth Century Research Symposium, St. Louis University, St. Louis, May 20–21, 2016.
“Collecting Haytian Papers: Prince Saunders’ Assemblage and Preservation of a Black Atlantic History,” Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) Conference,Chicago, June 19, 2015.
“Black Ink on a Digital Map: Visualizing Early African American and Antislavery Cultures of Print,” African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture 2014 Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, September 19, 2014.
“Spreading the News, Mapping a Movement: Early African American Antislavery Newspapers on Digital Maps,” Graduate School Interdisciplinary Symposium, Loyola University Chicago, April 12, 2014. Historical Methodologies Best Paper Award.
“Prairie Routes to a Black Republic: An 1823 Passage of African American Settlers from Illinois to Haiti,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) Annual Meeting, St. Louis, July 19, 2013.
“Surviving Trauma and Rebuilding in Haiti: Psychological Resilience in Earthquake Survivors and Early-Nineteenth-Century African American Émigrés,” Co-presented with Gihane Jérémie-Brink, Graduate School Interdisciplinary Symposium, Loyola University Chicago, April 21, 2012. Global Awareness Best Paper Award.
“‘The Voice of Liberty is Sweet in our Ears’: African American Clergy and the Image of Haiti, 1823–1827,” Presented at the Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, November 14, 2009.
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
- History of Global Christianity I, Fall 2018
Loyola University Chicago
- American History to 1865, Fall 2015
- American History Since 1865 (Discussion Section Instructor), Spring 2016; Fall 2012
- Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions Since the Seventeenth Century (Discussion Section Instructor), Spring 2014; (Teaching Assistant), Spring 2012
- Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions to the Seventeenth Century (Discussion Section Instructor), Spring 2013;(Teaching Assistant), Fall 2013
- American History to 1865 (Teaching Assistant), Fall 2011
McCormick Theological Seminary
- Black Christianity in North America, Fall 2015
- History of Christianity Since 1453 (Teaching Assistant), Spring 2008
- Introduction to Preaching (Teaching Assistant), Spring 2008, 2009
- Introduction to Biblical Studies (Teaching Assistant), Fall 2008
OTHER DIGITAL HUMANITIES
New Media Editor, Common-place, 2015–2018
Digital Media Assistantship, Loyola University Department of History, 2014–2015
New Media Assistant, Common-place, 2013–2015
Digital Media Support, Historians Against Slavery Annual Conference, Cincinnati, September 19-21, 2013
OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
History Graduate Students Association Conference Planning Committee and Panel Moderator, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, November 5, 2011; November 3, 2012; November 9, 2013
History Graduate Students Association Public History Committee, Loyola University Chicago, 2011–2013
“Freedom Road” Trip Leaderfor Loyola Free the Slaves, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, October 12–13, 2012
Modern Day Slavery Training Workshop for Facilitators, International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) Counter-Trafficking Project, Chicago, October 2011
Trustee, Board of Trustees, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2008–2009
Moderator, Student Government, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2008–2009
Anti-Racism Committee, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2008–2009
Academic Programs Committee, McCormick Theological Seminary, 2007–2008
Co-President, Multicultural Student Advisory Board, Calvin College, 2003–2005
“David Walker’s Appeal, and the Distribution Networks of Early Black Newspapers and ‘Incendiary’ Abolitionist Pamphlets,” invited lecturer for Slavery and Abolition Undergraduate Seminar, John Donoghue and Jeffrey Glover, instructors. The Newberry Library, Chicago, February 25, 2016.
“African Roots, European Reformations, and Our Community: Exploring the History of Christianity in an African American Presbyterian Church,” invited lecturer and discussion leader. Pullman Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Church (USA), Chicago, February 19, 2012; July 28, 2013; June 2, 2014.
“Modern Day Slavery and Abolition” invited lecture for Slavery and Abolition Then and Now Service Learning Course, John Donoghue, instructor. Loyola University Chicago, December 4, 2012.
Supervisor of Treatment and Education, Spiritual Care,Access Community Health Network, Chicago, September 2009–August 2011
Spanish – intermediate reading and speaking
Haitian Kreyól – intermediate reading and speaking
French – basic reading
Biblical Hebrew – proficient reading
Koine Greek – proficient reading