Our Staff

Christopher Petrella
Associate Director of programs, and Lecturer in the Humanities

cpetrell@bates.edu | 207.786.8376

Christopher Petrella, Ph.D., serves as Associate Director of Programs in the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) and lectures in the American Cultural Studies program at Bates College. In the OED, Christopher is responsible for developing and implementing a cross-institutional strategy to achieve a more equitable and inclusive community for Bates students, alumni, and their families. Moreover, Christopher plays a leading role in architecting a broad range of universal programming aimed at supporting the College’s mission to “engage the transformative power of our differences.”

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, 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.


Kelly Stone
Administrative Assistant

kstone@bates.edu | 207.786.6031

Kelly Stone came to Bates from Harvard University where she served as a writer and administrator in the advancement department. Prior to Harvard, she worked at Boston’s public television and radio station, WGBH. Kelly comes from a background in the arts and holds an M.A. in medieval literature from Harvard.

Updated: October 2017