Thanks for visiting! I am a lecturer in US History (most recently at California State University, Chico), and I have a PhD in 19th c. U.S. History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality 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 Vice President of Operations at the North Valley Community Foundation, a social bank that connects donors and activists with important causes throughout northern California and the world, requiring a combination of technological, organizational, financial, and human resources skills.

I play the piano and I love British crime dramas. Please visit the different areas of this site to learn more about my work. I’m also active on Goodreads and Twitter.

Curriculum Vitae

Currently Reading

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits
How to Be an Antiracist
These Truths: A History of the United States
When I Grew Up Long Ago: Family Living, Going to School, Games and Parties, Cures and Deaths, a Comet, a War, Falling in Love, and Other Things I Remember
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe 
The Origin of Others
We, the Drowned
Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government

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)



This weekend I had the opportunity to go to the new Meriam Park Drive-in and watch the documentary “Joy Will Find a Way,” the Camp Fire anniversary event held last November 8, 2019, at the Paradise Performing Arts Center. Speakers, musicians and community members shared a time for remembering the experience, the terror, the acts …


Christopher H. Hayashida-Knight

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