Christopher Elias is a cultural and political historian of the modern United States. He has written on a variety of topics, including 1950s gossip magazines, spirituality and gender in the work of filmmaker Terrence Malick, masculine nationalism in James Joyce's fiction, and national identity in German war cemetery design. His essays and commentary have been published by Slate, the Los Angeles Review of Books, OutHistory, and Notches.
Elias teaches a variety of classes, including: US history before and after reconstruction; American immigration; race, gender, and sports in America; gossip and misinformation in American politics; the Vietnam war in American memory; the history of American masculinity; and sexuality in American film.
His current research centers on immigration, eugenics, and criminality in depression-era Colorado.
Gossip Men: J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, Roy Cohn, and the Politics of Insinuation (University of Chicago Press, 2021)
- PhD, Brown University
- MA, The Ohio State University
- MAT, University of Mississippi
- BA, Brown University
- Gender and sexuality
- American immigration
- Constructions of race and ethnicity in America
- Mass media and American politics
- Film and literature
- Disability and eugenics
- American identity