Christopher Petrella, Ph.D., teaches at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and explores the intellectual histories of race, citizenship, and science. He also serves as Associate Director of Programs for the College's Office of Equity and Diversity.

Christopher's work has been featured in The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, Boston Review, and The New Yorker.  His work has also appeared on ESPN and NPR and has been debated in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Christopher blogs for AAIHS and is completing his first book on the history of white supremacy in 20th century New England


"Wealth, Slavery, and the History of American Taxation" (AAIHS)

"Race, Belonging, and Unconditional White Amnesty" (AAIHS)

"Trump's Travel Ban is firmly rooted in our history of Racist Immigration Policies" (BDN)

"Race, History, and the #ScienceMarch" (AAIHS)

"Reagan used MLK Day to Undermine Racial Justice" (Boston Review)

"This is a Country for White Men": White Supremacy and U.S. Politics (AAIHS)

"White Supremacy is not an Illness" (AAIHS)

After Trump Forum: "The Preservation of the White Race" (Boston Review)

"Forgotten Shame: Ku Klux Klan No Stranger to CT" (The Hartford Courant)

"Here's why the founders made the Electoral College: to protect southern slave states" (BDN)

"Slavery, Democracy, and the Racialized Roots of the Electoral College" (AAIHS)

"Standing Rock, Flint, and the Color of Water" (AAIHS)

"It's time for Maine to confront it's history of support for White Supremacy" (BDN)

"Black Protest, White Backlash, and the History of Scientific Racism" (AAIHS)

"No Easy End to Prison Profiteering" (Boston Review)

Interview: "How White Supremacy Shaped Today's Democratic Party" (NPR)

"On Stone Mountain: White Supremacy and the Birth of the Modern Democratic Party" (Boston Review)

"Trump, Black Lives Matter, and the Destabilization of Identity Politics" (Truthout)

"Open Letter to Corrections Corporation of America" (ACLU)

"CCA Continues to Cite Misleading Study it Funded" (ACLU)

"Consequences of California's Prison Realignment Initiative" (Prison Legal News)

Interview: "Why For-Profit Prisons House More Prisoners of Color" (NPR)

Interview: "The Color of Corporate Corrections" (The Tavis Smiley Show)

Interview: "Private Prison Race Rigging" (Abby Martin's Breaking the Set)

Interview: "The Color of Corporate Corrections, Part II: Contractual Exemptions and the Overrepresentation of People of Color in Private Prisons" (The Journal of Radical Criminology)

"The Top 5 Secrets of the Private Prison Industry" (Yahoo! Finance)

"The Color of Corporate Corrections" (The Journal of Radical Criminology)

"Slowly Closing the Gates: A State-by-State Assessment of Recent Prison Closures" (Prison Legal News)

"Football Stadium Named After Private Prison Company Blurs Line Between Retribution and Recreation" (Truthout)

"HIV-Positive Prisoners Too Expensive for Private Prison Operators?" (Counterpunch)


"America's private Prison Industry has always been all right" (Pacific Standard)

"Colin Kaepernick thanks 'Know Your Rights' Allies in Maine (BDN)

"Princeton's Ugly History lives on in its Investments" (The Daily Princetonian)

"Expert panel argues Princeton should Divest from Private Prisons" (The Daily Princetonian)

"Kaepernick Hailed as a New Civil Rights Leader" (Sun Journal)

"Trump Sets Private Prisons Free" (The New Yorker)

"Hate-Based Incidents Spark Concerns About Extremism" (The Hartford Courant)

"Bates professor eyes election's racial roots" (Sun Journal)

"Feeling Real Black Right Now" (The Undefeated)

"Bill Clinton's Stone Mountain Moment" (Jacobin)

"U.S. Prison Reform" (CCTV Interview)

"Federal Prison-Owned 'Factories with Fences' Facing Increased Scrutiny" (NBCNews)

"Why the U.S. is Right to Move Away from Private Prisons" (The New Yorker)

"Private Prison Companies are Embracing Alternatives to Incarceration" (The Nation)

"The DHS Under Pressure to Dump Private Prisons for Immigrant Detainees" (Yahoo! Finance)

"The Biggest Problem with Private Prisons starts on Capitol Hill" (Business Insider)

"The Debate over Private Prisons is Masking Real Problems with America's Prison Industry" (Business Insider) 

"What You Need to Know About the DOJ's Claim It Is Ending Private Prisons" (Alternet)

"Captive Market" (Harper's Magazine)
"Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons" (Colorlines)

"Why Minorities are even more Overrepresented in Private Prisons" (Business Insider)

"Private Prisons Are Exempted From Federal Disclosure Laws" (Forbes)

"Profiting Off Prisoners" (Andrew Sullivan @ The Daily Beast)

"Private Prison Lobby Pushes for Tougher Immigration Enforcement to Increase Profits" (NBC)

"Sponsoring a Florida College Football Team Can't Whitewash a Private Prison Company's Atrocious Record" (ACLU)