Christopher McKnight Nichols
303C Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Nichols specializes in American intellectual, cultural, political, and foreign policy history from the Gilded Age and Progressive Era through the twentieth century, with a focus on political ideas and the U.S.'s role in the world.
Before coming to Oregon State University, Nichols was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, and was Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Previously, he studied at Harvard College, Wesleyan University, and the University of Virginia, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History (May 2008). During his time as an instructor at UVa Nichols was honored to receive three awards for outstanding teaching, nominated and selected by both students and faculty and at Penn Nichols was pleased to be nominated by students for two more teaching awards.
Nichols has presented papers and published articles and opinion pieces in academic journals and newspapers on subjects including U.S. engagement with the world, transnationalism, the Spanish-American War, race and segregation, isolationism and internationalism, pacifism, WWI, progressivism, pluralism, trans-Atlantic liberal reform, the philosophy of history, neutrality legislation, deliberative democracy, anti-imperialism, interwar American political economy, the media and politics, religion and secular thought, secularization, the Monroe Doctrine, and the historical foundations of current American foreign policy. Nichols also is a frequent writer and commentator on current American foreign and domestic policy and on historical insights regarding contemporary political and diplomatic events.
At Penn and UVa Nichols taught courses on isolationism and internationalism, the U.S. role in the world, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, civil rights, American politics and culture since 1945, technology and world history (STS), international relations and diplomacy, intellectual, cultural, and political history. At Oregon State he teaches or will be teaching courses on the U.S. role in the world (1776-1898, 1898-present), isolationism and internationalism, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, international and transnational history, international relations and diplomacy, intellectual, cultural, and political history, and U.S. history since 1865.
Nichols is active in various professional societies including the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), as an appointed official society blogger, and the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE), as the Society’s webmaster and web-content editor, and serves as a member of various SHGAPE Executive Council committees.
Nichols authored Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age (Harvard University Press, 2011), and co-edited and co-authored, with Charles Mathewes, Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Imminent Secularization from the Puritans to the Present Day (Oxford University Press, 2008). Currently he is Senior Editor, with David Milne, and Editor-in-chief Timothy Lynch, of the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (Oxford University Press, forthcoming January 2013). Dr. Nichols is at work on several new projects including a book on isolationism and internationalism in the early Cold War with Oxford University Press, tentatively entitled Republican Revival, and a sweeping study of the U.S. role in the world in relation to global anti-imperialism over the past one-hundred and fifty years.
New York: Oxford University Press,
(senior co-editor with David Milne,
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Co-author and co-editor with Charles Mathewes
- HST 203: HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
- HST 407/507: SEMINAR - THE US IN THE MODERN WORLD (Fall 2012)
- HST 415: SELECTED TOPICS
- HST 464/564: AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY (through 1898)
- HST 465/565: AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY (1898-present)