Chris is a historian of the modern United States. His research interests include the histories of religion, medicine, gender, and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Chris’ ability to research and write about a range of historical and contemporary topics sets him apart from other early career scholars.
Chris has one peer-reviewed article: “Occupy Wall Street as a Curriculum of Space” (Journal of Social Studies Research, 2013). This paper, co-authored with Dr. Sandra Schmidt, explored the interrelationship between location and free speech in the twentieth century U.S. It then examined three sites with active Occupy movements. Chris and Dr. Schmidt highlighted how the contestation over public space serves as a rich curriculum for secondary social studies education.
Chris has several academic articles nearing completion. One focuses on the life and work of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a prominent reparative therapist from the 1980s until his death in early 2017. Another article examines gender “cannibalism” in the ex-gay movement. The last work-in-progress looks at the concubinage relationship between James Henry Hammond, a prominent planter in antebellum South Carolina, and two enslaved women (in fact, a mother and a daughter, the latter Hammond may have fathered).