Department of History
Christopher Strain
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 

Areas of Expertise
American Studies

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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). He has published work 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 one at Centre de Recherches sur l’Histoire des Etats-Unis (CRHEU) at the University of Paris.  His most current book, Burning Faith: Church Arson in the American South (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008).
 In 2006 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.


Undergraduate Courses
  • U.S. History to 1877
  • U.S. History from 1877
  • African American History
  • American Environmental History
  • Special Topics in U.S. History: The 1960s
  • Colloquium in American Studies: The American Dream
  • Special Topics in American Studies: Violence in American Life
  • Freshman Seminar in U.S. History: The Civil Rights Movement
  • Historiography: Methods & Theory
Curriculum Vitae (Available upon request)
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