Christopher P. Loss

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Vanderbilt University

Christopher P. Loss is a historian of the twentieth century United States who specializes in the political, social, and policy history of U.S. higher education. His publications include peer-reviewed articles and essays in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Policy History, Social Science History, Perspectives on the History of Higher Education, the History of Education Quarterly, and History of Psychology, among others. He has also written essays on current academic affairs for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and the Princeton University Press Blog.

He is co-editor of a special issue of History of Psychology (August 2011) on Psychology, Politics, and Public Policy. He is author of Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the Twentieth Century (Princeton University Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award. In 2012-13 Loss was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is working on a new book project, "Front and Center: Academic Expertise and its Challengers in the Post-1945 United States," which examines the challenges to academic expertise in the post-World War II United States. In 2010 Loss won Peabody College’s Excellence for Classroom Teaching Award.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Affiliate Faculty, Department of History , Vanderbilt University