Christopher Bonner is an historian with a focus on African American history and the nineteenth-century United States. Originally from Chesapeake, VA, he earned his B.A. from Howard University and Ph.D. from Yale. His first book, Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship, centers free black Americans in the legal transformations of the US. His essay “Runaways, Rescuers, and the Politics of Breaking the Law,” appears in the collection New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition. He has also written a chapter on African Americans’ responses to the Dred Scott decision for the collection Emancipations, Reconstructions, and Revolutions. His work appears in digital form at Muster, the blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era and at Black Perspectives, the blog for the African American Intellectual History Society. Bonner is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, where he teaches courses covering African American politics and culture, slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic world, the transformations of the United States during the nineteenth century, and race and ethnicity in early America.