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Dr. Christopher Strain


Professor of American Studies

Dr. Christopher Strain Ph.D., History, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
Dissertation, Civil Rights and Self-Defense: The Fiction of Nonviolence, 1955-1968
M.A. in History, University of Georgia, 1995
Masters thesis, Nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement: Three Exceptions
B.A. in Political & Social Thought, Distinguished Majors Program, University of Virginia, 1993
Honors thesis, The Southern Regional Council and the Lillian Smith Award

Professional Experience

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University: Associate Professor and Assistant Professor. 2000 - Present.
History Department, University of California at Berkeley: Graduate Student Instructor (GSI). 1995 - 2000.
Institute of Reading Development, Berkeley, California: Instructor. 1996.
History Department, University of Georgia: Graduate Assistant. 1994 - 1995.

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 and Louisiana History. In addition, he has presented papers at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, including at 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 the 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.

Contact: 561-799-8017; HC 103


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