Dr. Christopher Strain

Professor of American Studies

Dr. Christopher Strain Ph.D., History, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
M.A. in History, University of Georgia, 1995
B.A. in Political & Social Thought, Distinguished Majors Program, University of Virginia, 1993

Professional Experience

Dr. Strain has taught at the FAU Honors College since 2000 as an assistant professor (2000-2006), associate professor (2006-2011), and full professor (2011-present).


An historian by training, Dr. Strain specializes in twentieth-century U.S. history with emphases in American studies and African-American history. His research interests include civil rights and hate crime.

He is the author of Pure Fire: Self-Defense as Activism in the Civil Rights Era (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2005); Burning Faith: Church Arson in the American South (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008); and Reload: Rethinking Violence in American Life (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010). He has published in several edited volumes and journals, including The Journal of African American History, The Journal of Hate Studies, and The Journal of Florida Studies. He has also presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences, including one at the Centre de Recherches sur l Histoire des Etats-Unis (CRHEU) at the University of Paris.

In 2006 and 2011 he was named Researcher of the Year at FAU. In 2006 he also participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, African American Civil Rights Struggles in the Twentieth Century, as a Visiting Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He has been awarded several grants and fellowships, including two from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is also a founding member of the editorial board of The Journal of Civil and Human Rights.

Contact: 561-799-8017; HC 103


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