Christopher Hayes is an historian of urban America in the 20th century. He earned a Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University, which is also his undergraduate alma mater.
He is writing a book, under contract with Columbia University Press, examining New York City in the decades after World War II to try to make sense of the July 1964 rebellions that gripped the city for nearly a week. It is an exploration of race, housing, employment, education, policing, politics, protest and American values in New York and the nation.
His teaching is primarily in labor history across time in America, with a focus on the development of the institutions and ideologies of race, class, gender, capitalism, industry and work.