Chris Elzey holds a PhD in American Studies from Purdue University. He received an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama, and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Penn, he lived several years in Europe and Australia, where he played professional basketball. Courses taught include American history, sport history, world history, basketball and the American experience, the United States and the Olympics, history of Western Civilization, and international sport. His major areas of academic interest are sport history, and post-WWII American history and culture. He has written on the Cold War and sport, basketball history, ethnicity and the Olympics, and Olympic history. He is the co-editor of DC Sports: The Nation's Capital at Play (2015). He oversees the Sport and American Culture minor at George Mason.