Chris Vials is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut-Storrs, where he is also the Director of American Studies. His broader research interests include class and racial formation, popular culture, ethnic studies, and working class cultural studies.
Most of his work thus far has focused on the political left and its impact on US culture in the twentieth century. His first book, entitled Realism for the Masses: Aesthetics, Popular Front Pluralism, and US Culture: 1935-1947 (Mississippi, 2009), examined how the 1930s and 1940s left popularized realism in the US, and in so doing, re-shaped the contours of American pluralism. His second monograph, titled Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in the United States (Massachusetts, 2014), looks at the ways in which antifascism, a political discourse with origins in the international left of the 1930s, remained in US popular culture after the Second World War. He is currently editing American Literature in Transition: 1940-1950, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.