Christopher joined the History Department at UNR in 2014. He is a cultural historian and digital historian of the French colonial world who specializes in disasters, nationalism, and social movements in the 19th and 20th centuries. He employs new methods from data science and the digital humanities to answer age-old questions about the relationship between citizens, the public sphere, and the state. His first book, Paradise Destroyed: Catastrophe and Citizenship in the French Caribbean (2017, University of Nebraska Press), explores the impact of natural and man-made disasters in the late nineteenth-century French Antilles. Christopher earned his PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and his intellectual interests include colonialism, citizenship, and environmental history, as well as databases, GIS, scripting, and web design.