Christopher Staysniak

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross

Chris is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at the College of the Holy Cross, and starting in the 2019-2020 academic year will serve primarily as an instructor of first year students in the Colleges' signature Montserrat program.

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.

At Holy Cross, Chris instructs a range of classes that primarily focus on food systems and food justice, American environmental history, and American social and protest movements.

Experience

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

Education

  • 2017 
    Boston College, History