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) traces the history of antifascist politics in the United States since the 1930s. He is also the editor of American Literature in Transition: 1940-1950 (Cambridge, 2017), and is the co-editor of The U.S. Antifascism Reader with Bill Mullen, forthcoming from Verso Press in 2019. He has appeared on PBS, NPR, and CBC radio to discuss contemporary manifestations of populism in the United States.