John Daniel Saillant has been, since 2004, professor of English and History at Western Michigan University as well as, since 1994, editor of H-OIEAHC. He offers WMU graduate and undergraduate courses in African American history and literature, American religion, and colonial and Revolutionary American history as well as a once-a week community-college evening survey in African American history, with emphasis on writing skills, for non-traditional learners. His work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, the Virginia Historical Society, and other scholarly organizations, and his writings have been published by several presses and a number of scholarly journals. He lives with his three children (when they're not away at one college or another) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and in his spare moments he buys, refurbishes, sells, and collects vintage audio gear from the 1960's and 1970's, such as the AR-3A speakers Miles Davis owned and the famous Marantz receiver that survived a home fire in his home state of Rhode Island. In 2014, he was elected by the membership to an officer's position in the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors for a term (which he accepted) beginning in May 2014 and ending in August 2016. In his role at the AAUP, he provides faculty members representation in matters of academic freedom, compensation, professional conduct, and the like.
Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes, 1753–1833 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).
Publications (documentary collection):
"Face Zion Forward": First Writers of the Black Atlantic, 1785–1798, co-edited, with an introduction, by Joanna Brooks and John Saillant (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2002).
Publications (textbook contributions):
"The Middle Passage" in "The American Yawp: A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook" (forthcoming in 2015).
Migration in Modern World History, 1500–2000, with Patrick Manning et al (Belmont, California: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2000).
"'Profitable Reading': Literacy, Christianity, and Constitutionalism in Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative," Teaching Olaudah Equiano's Narrative: Pedagogical Strategies and New Perspectives, editor, Eric Lamore (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2012), pp. 153–169.
"Aspirant Citizenship," Beyond Douglass: New Perspectives on Early African American Literature, editors, Michael Drexler and Edward White (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: Bucknell University Press, 2008), pp. 123–140.
"Missions in Liberia and Race Relations in the U.S.A., 1822–1860," The Foreign Missionary Enterprise at Home: Explorations in North American Cultural History, editors, Daniel H. Bays and Grant Wacker (Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2003), pp. 13–28.
"Origins of African American Hermeneutics in Eighteenth-Century Black Opposition to the Slave Trade and Slavery," African Americans and the Bible (New York: Continuum International Publishing, 2000), editor, Vincent L. Wimbush, pp. 236–250.
"Antiguan Methodism and Antislavery Activity: Anne and Elizabeth Hart in the Eighteenth-Century Black Atlantic," Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (Volume 69, Number 1: March 2000): 86–115.
"Traveling in Old and New Worlds with John Jea, the African Preacher, 1773–1816," Journal of American Studies (Volume 33, Number 3: 1999): 473–490.
"'Wipe away All Tears from Their Eyes': John Marrant's Theology in the Black Atlantic, 1785–1808," Journal of Millennial Studies (Volume 1, Number 2: Winter, 1999): http://www.mille.org/publications/winter98/saillant.PDF.
"Dress, Power, and Crossing (the Atlantic): Figuring the Black Exodus to Sierra Leone in the Late Eighteenth Century," The Clothes that Wear Us: Essays on Dressing and Transgressing in Eighteenth-Century Culture (Newark, New Jersey: University of Delaware Press, 1999), editor, Jessica Munns, pp. 283–301.
"The American Enlightenment in Africa: Jefferson's Colonizationism and Black Virginians' Migration to Liberia, 1776–1840," Eighteenth-Century Studies (Volume 31, Number 3: Spring, 1998): 261–282.
"Hymnody in Sierra Leone and the Persistence of an African American Faith," The Hymn (Volume 48, Number 1: January 1997): 8–17.
"Slavery and Divine Providence in New England Calvinism: The New Divinity and a Black Protest, 1775–1805," New England Quarterly (Volume 68, Number 4: December 1995): 584–608.
"Explaining Syncretism in African American Views of Death: An Eighteenth-Century Example," Culture and Tradition (Volume 17: October 1995): 25–41.
"The Black Body Erotic and the Republican Body Politic, 1790–1820," Journal of the History of Sexuality (Volume 5, Number 3: January 1995): 403–428.
"Lemuel Haynes's Black Republicanism and the American Republican Tradition, 1775–1820," Journal of the Early Republic (Volume 14, Number 3: Fall, 1994): 293–324.
"'Remarkably Emancipated from Bondage, Slavery, and Death': An African American Retelling of the Puritan Captivity Narrative, 1820," Early American Literature (Volume 29, Number 2: 1994): 122–140.
"'A Doctrinal Controversy between the Hopkintonian and the Universalist': Religion, Race, and Ideology in Post-Revolutionary Vermont," Vermont History (Volume 61, Number 4: Fall, 1993): 197–216.
"Black, White, and 'the Charitable Blessed': Race and Philanthropy in the American Early Republic," Essays on Philanthropy, Number 8 (Indianapolis: Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, 1993).
"Lemuel Haynes and the Revolutionary Origins of Black Theology, 1776–1801," Religion and American Culture (Volume 2, Number 1: Winter, 1992): 79–102.
Publications (edited documents):
"'Some Thoughts on the Subject of Freeing the Negro Slaves in the Colony of Connecticut,' by Levi Hart, with a Reply by Samuel Hopkins," New England Quarterly (Volume 75, Number 1: March 2002): 107–128.
"'The Remarkable Visionary Dreams of Frederic Swan': An Early African American Woman's Narrative Text, 1822," The North Star: A Journal of African-American Religious History (Volume 2, Number 1: Spring, 1998).
"'Circular addressed to the Colored Brethren and friends': An Unpublished Essay by Lott Cary, Sent from Liberia to Virginia, 1827" (with an introduction and epilogue), Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (Volume 104, Number 4: Autumn, 1996): 481–504.
Publications (conference proceedings):
"Before Douglass: Racism and Nationalism in Nantucket's Newspapers in the Early Republic," Nantucket's People of Color: Essays on History, Politics, and Community, editor, Robert Johnson, Jr. (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2006), pp. 49–69.
"African American Engagements with Edwards in the Era of the Slave Trade," Jonathan Edwards at 300: Essays on the Tercentenary of His Birth, editors, Harry S. Stout, Kenneth P. Minkema, and Caleb J. D. Haskell (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2005), pp. 141–151.