Christopher Allison works at the intersection of early American history, material and visual culture, and religious studies. His current research is focused on the role of relics and other means of materially capturing the body in American Protestant communities. His book manuscript, "Protestant Relics: Capturing the Sacred Body in Early America, 1750-1877," is a study of escalating material devotion towards the bodies of vaunted Protestant people in America and beyond. His art historical interests are in the history of portraiture, history painting, Anglo-American ceramics, the intersection of artistic and scientific practice (i.e. casting), antiquarianism, early photography, and sculpture. Allison received his PhD in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University in 2017 and his MA from Yale University in 2010. He has recently published on the reliquary found at Jamestown, and has a forthcoming essay on portraiture and history in the 50th anniversary book for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He has received fellowships from the Center for American Political Studies and the Warren Center for American History at Harvard, the American Antiquarian Society, and Yale University.