Richard J. Boles began his studies at The George Washington University in the fall of 2007. Mr. Boles previously completed a BA and a MA in history at Boston College. Before moving to DC, he worked for the Park Service at the Boston African American National Historic Site. Now Mr. Boles is pursuing a Ph.D. in American religious history, a joint degree from the history and religion departments. His dissertation examines relations between African Americans, Indians, and Anglos in northern Protestant churches from 1730 to 1850. Mr. Boles has taught a UW20 course on early African American history and a writing in the disciplines course called “African American Religions.” He has received fellowships from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Boston Athenaeum, the Congregational Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Cosmos Club Foundation, and the District of Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution.