Christopher Elias was born and raised in Massachusetts. After completing his undergraduate degree in history at Brown University, he earned a MAT in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi and a MA in history from Ohio State University. He then returned to Brown to complete a PhD in American Studies.

Chris's work examines issues of culture and identity in twentieth century America. His scholarship has explored a variety of topics, including 1950s gossip magazines, spirituality and gender in the work of filmmaker Terrence Malick, masculine nationalism in James Joyce's fiction, and national identity in German war cemetery design.

His current book project explores the interaction of gossip, sexual politics, and national security by exploring the lives and careers of J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph McCarthy, and Roy Cohn. His essays and commentary have been published by Slate, OutHistory, and Notches.

A New Englander at heart, Chris is a fan of Boston sports and good seafood.