Chris Petrakos comes to the University of Toronto from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) where he earned his PhD in History (2011). His dissertation, entitled Representing the Reformation: Historical Polemic and Political Behavior in Late Stuart England, 1678-1714, examines how Protestant reformation historiography influenced the development of partisan politics and the rise of the first political parties in England. Petrakos' research interests vary widely. He is currently working on papers in late seventeenth-century English as well as Spanish borderlands history. While at Purdue University Petrakos taught courses in European and English history and went to the United Kingdom to teach a study abroad course in British history. This course was co-taught with the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture departments and looked at British history through the landscape architecture. In 2009, Dr. Petrakos was hired as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. While at Michigan he taught courses in European history in the University Honors Program as well as courses in Latin American and World History.