Christopher J. Bright

Professorial Lecturer
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Areas of Expertise

Post-war U.S. foreign policy, nuclear weapons and civil defense, American conservatism and anticommunism, historiography.

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. He was also involved in international development activities as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade in the Virginia governor’s office.


Current Research

Historical scholarship’s influence on post-war U.S. national security policy.


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


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) reviewed [here

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