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Chris Filstrup

Chris Filstrup

Instruction and Reference Librarian,
Research and Information Services

Liaison: ArtEconomics,
Political Science, and History
Melville Library | 631.632.9951

How can Chris help you?

Chris Filstrup has worked in the Stony Brook libraries since 2000. Previously, he worked at the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and libraries at George Washington University and North Carolina State University.

His professional and research interests include the relationship of trust and authority in the management of scholarly information; librarians in fiction; a history of men’s earrings; and a biography of an early 20th-century Unitarian minister.


  • BA, Political Science, Haverford College
  • MA, Middle East Studies, Harvard University
  • MLIS, Library Science, Columbia University

Selected Publications, Presentations & Service

The Wedding Night:  A Popular History.  Praeger, 2010

I Love Those Earrings!:  A Popular History from Ancient to Modern.  Schiffer, 2013

Recent Articles
“I love those earrings!”, History Magazine, August/September 2014

Recent presentations
“Trust in God but Tie Your Camel: Trust and Authority in the Information Environment.” SUNY University at Albany, Department of Information Studies, Administration of InformationAgencies class, March 2015.

Book talks on I Love Those Earnings! — public libraries in Bellmore and Colonie, NY; Bourne and Lexington, MA, 2014-15.