J. Calvin Schermerhorn specializes in nineteenth-century American history with a focus on slavery and capitalism in the Atlantic world. His current book project, The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860 argues that the development of capitalism in the early republic is most strikingly illustrated by the business of slavery and collateral industries such as finance and transportation. Schermerhorn's work also explores literature and culture, business networks in the slave market, and links between the business of slave trading and government contracts for so-called Indian removal in the 1830s.
Cheshire Calhoun works in the areas of normative ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and lesbian and gay studies. She writes on topics including forgiveness, integrity, shame, common decency, commitment, and civility. She is currently working a collection of previously published essays to be titled Moral Aims: Getting It Right and Practicing Morality with Others and on a book titled Meaningful Living.
A scholar of religious ethics, John Carlson's research explores how religious and moral inquiry informs and invigorates our understanding of political life. He has written on issues of war and peace, religion and violence, human rights, and a variety of social and political issues, both domestical and international. Professor Carlson is coeditor of, and contributor to, three books: The Sacred and the Sovereign: Religion and International Politics; Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning; and From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America.