Thanks for visiting! I am 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 Vice President for Administration and Finance 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 saxophone 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 Twitter.

Curriculum Vitae

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 […]


Christopher H. Hayashida-Knight

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