Christopher Petrella, Ph.D., teaches courses in the American Cultural Studies program at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In addition, he serves as Associate Director of Programs for the College's Office of Equity and Diversity. Beyond Bates, Christopher plays a leading role in developing political education curricula for Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp. In collaboration with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD), Center for Community Change, U.C. Berkeley, and Columbia University, he is a 2018-2019 recipient of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity Fellowship.
Christopher's work explores the intellectual histories of race and resistance and has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, NBC News, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Boston Review, and GQ. His work has also appeared on NPR and has been debated in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Christopher is a monthly contributor to the open-access, peer-reviewed blog, Black Perspectives, and is completing his first book on the history of white supremacy in 20th century New England. Christopher holds a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. and B.A. from Harvard University and Bates College, respectively.
Follow Christopher on Twitter at @CFPetrella.