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Christopher Staysniak

Lecturer of History, College of the Holy Cross

Christopher Staysniak is a Lecturer of History at the College of the Holy Cross, and primarily instructs first year students in the College's signature Montserrat program. His seminars cover food systems, service and volunteering and protest movements.

Chris completed his Ph.D. in American History at Boston College in 2017, where he specialized in American religious history as well as American social and political movements. His dissertation, "'The Volunteer Who Seeks to Help Others Also Helps Himself’: Religion, Class, and the Development of Youth Volunteer Service in the United States, 1934–1973," explores the historical development of youth and young adult volunteer service programs in the United States, ranging from college level immersion strips to post-graduate programs like the Peace Corps.


  • –present
    Visiting Assistant Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross


  • 2017 
    Boston College, History