Chernoh M. Sesay, Jr. is an associate professor in the Religious Studies Department at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, where he has received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. An historian of early America and religion, he has authored book chapters and has had articles appear in The New England Quarterly and the Journal of African American Studies. He has also written book reviews for the Journal of American History, the Journal of Africana Religions, and the Journal of Women’s History. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled “Black Boston and the Making of African-American Freemasonry: Leadership, Religion, and Community In Early America.” He has written for Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society, and is currently on the editorial board for Black Perspectives.
"The processes by which the Aliites imagine their history reveal much about how state sanctioned ideas and institutions gain and maintain seeming natural validity," writes Chernoh Sesay, Jr., in response to our interview with Spencer Dew on the Aliites.