Chris L. Abernathy received a BA in history from Delta State University, an MA in history from the University of Alabama, and a JD from the University of Mississippi School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. After practicing law for ten years in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, Mr. Abernathy entered the history PhD program at the University of Oklahoma. Under the direction of Sterling Evans, he is writing history of hemp in the United States.
At the Organization of American Historians Conference in April 2015 he presented a paper titled "Illegal Weed: Hemp Cultivation in the United States after the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937" and was a guest on CSPAN's American History TV where he discussed the role of hemp in American history. His CSPAN appearance can be found at http://www.c-span.org/video/?325429-6/discussion-hemp-growing-us .
Since 2006, he has been an adjunct instructor at St. Gregory's University in Shawnee and has taught Economic History of the United States, Western Civilization, American Government, and Business Law. He is a member of the faculty at Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City where he teaches Advanced Placement World History.