Christopher F. Petrella

Lecturer in the Humanities and Associate Director of OED Programs


Office of Equity and Diversity


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.

Christopher’s work explores the intellectual histories of race and resistance and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Guardian, Boston Review, The Nation, Mother Jones, and The Maine Magazine. 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 is a proud first-generation-to-college student; he holds degrees from Bates College, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley.