Thanks for visiting! I am currently a lecturer in US History at California State University, Chico, and I have a PhD in 19th c. U.S. History and Women’s Studies from Penn State. My research interests include U.S. and African-American history; national identity and patriotism; sex and gender; white male privilege; historical fiction; and digital humanities, to name a few. I love teaching!

I am also Director of Business Operations at the North Valley Community Foundation, a social bank that connects donors with important causes throughout northern California and the world, requiring a combination of technological, organizational, financial, and human resources skills.

I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Chico Peace & Justice Center, an activist hub in the north state area facilitating organizing work around anti-racism training, counter-recruitment, resistance to militarization, and many more projects.

I play the saxophone and I love British crime dramas. I’m proud to be a dad and a husband to two remarkable women. Please visit the different areas of this site to learn more about my work. I’m also active on Twitter.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do. It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations.

James Baldwin, Ebony (1965)


Getting comfortable with “white supremacy”

We should all be deeply uncomfortable with white supremacy—the system of power relationships in which light skin color is believed to be “good,” thus legitimizing white people’s domination of everyone else. In order to confront and dismantle that system, however, white people desperately need to get comfortable with “white supremacy” as a concept. This toxic phrase far more accurately describes the racialized power structures that govern American life tha […]

Research and Real World Injustice

It’s hard to work on a study of African American history and not be struck by the ongoing stream of news of the deaths of black people. What can often feel like an isolated exercise in abstraction—writing a dissertation—has tuned me to pay particular attention to the ongoing consequences of systematic race-based oppression in our national founding.As a historian I’m tempted to think I really know why racism is so insidious; if contemporary white people would just study the things I d […]

First research post-comps

I spent my first post-comprehensive-exams research trip in Philadelphia last week, visiting the Historical Society of PA for follow up work on the 1876 Centennial world’s fair. No “ah ha!” moments this trip, but I got through a good bit of material and confirmed I need to make a few more trips to Philly this summer! The Free Library there has some of the only extant copies of the Philadelphia Free Press newspaper from the 1870s—the paper that seems to have covered the conflict between whit […]


Christopher H. Hayashida-Knight

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