Christopher Bonastia is the Associate Director of Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College and a Professor in the college’s Department of Sociology at Lehman College and at the CUNY Graduate Center.
He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2001. Dr. Bonastia’s work focuses on historical explorations of race, policy and politics. His first book, Knocking on the Door: The Federal Government’s Attempt to Desegregate the Suburbs, was published in 2006 by Princeton University Press. His recent book, Southern Stalemate: Five Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia, was published by the University of Chicago Press. The latter project was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He was a visiting fellow at the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers at Harvard University. His work has also been published in the Journal of Policy History (examining civil rights enforcement in health care), the Du Bois Review, Social Science History and Social Problems, among other publications.