is a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where he is writing a book on the fugitive slave crisis in Boston (1850-64), considering it as a seminal controversy over human rights, and a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School, where he is working with Prof. David Moss on a project to reconceive the history and assess the current health of democracy in America. He has written a prize-winning biography, American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism
(2002), many articles and reviews, and a book of comics, and edited A Language of Reverence
(2004) and the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History
(1995-2010). He has taught American history and literature at Harvard College, the Harvard Extension School, and Meadville Lombard Theological School, where he was Associate Professor of History and won an award from students for service "above and beyond the call of duty." He also has given scores of public talks, lectures, and speeches on historical topics. He has won National College Cartoon Strip Contest among other cartooning awards and for many years drew a comic strip, TANGENTS. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.
The Abolitionist Behind the Gettysburg Address, by Dean Grodzins for the Root
An Op-Ed written to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's speech, showing where he got the idea that democracy was "government of the people, by the people, for the people."