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Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2007
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education; Associate Professor of History, Dept. of Leadership, Policy & Organizations
Christopher Loss holds doctorates in higher education and in history from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Loss was a research fellow in the Governance Studies Program at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He also worked in academic administration for four years in the Office of the Vice President and Provost at the University of Virginia.
Professor Loss specializes in twentieth-century American history with an emphasis on the social, political, and policy history of American higher education. His scholarship has appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Policy History, Social Science History, the History of Education Quarterly, and the Journal of the History of Psychology, among others. He is co-editor of a special issue of History of Psychology (August 2011) on Psychology, Politics, and Public Policy. He is author of Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the Twentieth Century (Princeton University Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award. His article, “‘The Most Wonderful Thing Has Happened to Me in the Army’: Psychology, Citizenship, and American Higher Education in World War II” Journal of American History 92.3 (Dec. 2005): 864-91, won the 2006 James Madison Prize, awarded annually to an outstanding article on the history of the federal government by the Society for History in the Federal Government. From 2010-12 Loss was a fellow on the Teagle Foundation’s National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education. In 2012-13 Loss was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Presently, Loss is working on a new book project, Front and Center: Academic Expertise and its Challengers in the Post-1945 United States, which explores the rise of interdisciplinary centers and the growing jurisdiction of experts in U.S. politics and public policy in modern America.
Loss has also written essays on current academic affairs for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and the Princeton University Press Blog. He teaches courses on the history of higher education and public policy in the HOD major and in LPO’s professional and doctoral programs. In 2010 Loss won Peabody College’s Excellence for Classroom Teaching Award.
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