History Department

Chris Hayashida-Knight


I am an instructor in US History and I have a PhD in 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 and COO 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. I'm also active on Goodreads and Twitter. Visit my website at chknight.com.


PhD History & Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2017

MA American Studies, The George Washington University, 2011

BA English, Westmont College, 2000


“Sacrifices and Sufferings of True Americans”: Black Women’s Nationalism and Activism in Philadelphia, 1863-1901, College of the Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University, 2017.


Review of Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, DC, by Treva B. Lindsey, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, H-Net Reviews, April 2018.

“Abolitionists’ Radical Empathy: A Message for Today,” Muster Blog, Journal of the Civil War Era, January 2018.

“The Duty of a True Patriot,” Muster Blog, Journal of the Civil War Era, November 2017

Review of Democracy and the American Civil War: Race and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century, Kevin Adams and Leonne M. Hudson, eds., The Civil War Monitor, July 2017.

Review of American Blood: The Ends of the Family in American Literature, 1850-1900, by Holly Jackson, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, H-Net Reviews, May 2014.

“Dadlands: Letting Her Lead,” Golden Gate Mothers Group Magazine, February 2014.

Textbook Reviewer

Susan Ware. American Women: A Concise History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

Joseph Locke and Ben Wright, eds. The American Yawp. Redwood City, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2022.


Invited Guest, Episodes 3 and 7, Found in Philadelphia Podcast, 2020 - 2021.

Courses Taught

HIST 130 - History of the United States

HIST/AFAM 231 - African American History

HIST/WMST 335 - Women and Gender in American History

Community Service

Board Member/Treasurer, Chico Peace and Justice Center, Chico, California, 2015 - 2018


American Historical Association

Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era


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