Christopher Capozzola, Ph.D. Qualified in American History

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Dr. Christopher Capozzola was appointed to the CCAC in 2023 and holds the position of representative qualified in American history. He is a Professor of History and Senior Associate Dean for Open Learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, he teaches courses in political and legal history, war and the military, and the history of international migration. In 2018, he was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT’s highest honor for undergraduate teaching.

Chris received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Chris is the author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizens (2008) and Bound by War; How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century (2020).

He is active in public history. During the centennial of the First World War, he co-curated The Volunteers: Americans Joins World War I, 1914-1919, a multi-platform public history initiative, and he currently serves as an Academic Adviser for the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Program. A former middle school history teacher, he works closely with secondary school instructors, and has served on the Development Committee for College Board Advanced Placement exam in U.S. History.

In his current role at MIT Open Learning, he oversees MIT’s open online education offerings for learners on campus and around the world, including OpenCourse Ware, MITx, and MicroMasters, as well as the Digital Learning Lab, Digital Learning in Residential Education, and MIT Video Productions.