Christopher J. Bright

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Christopher J. Bright

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Christopher J. Bright is a diplomatic historian. He has more than a decade of professional experience as a national security staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives, including leading oversight efforts of the Department of Defense, White House, and intelligence community. He was previously involved in international development activities as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade in the Virginia governor’s office.


Post-war U.S. foreign policy and Grand Strategy, nuclear weapons and civil defense, Congressional oversight of national security issues, American conservatism and anticommunism, historiography.

The influence of historical scholarship on post-war U.S. national security policy.

IAFF 3190 Issues in Contemporary Diplomacy & National Security

Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era: Nuclear Antiaircraft Arms and the Cold War in Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology series (Palgrave Macmillan 2010; 2012) [H-Diplo Roundtable Review (PDF)

“The Neoconservatives and the Reagan Administration,” World Affairs (vol. 153, no. 2).

Ph.D. and M.Phil, George Washington; M.A. (Foreign Affairs), Virginia; A.B., William and Mary