Christopher Kamrath

Christopher Kamrath


Chris Kamrath teaches writing and rhetoric. Chris received his Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Prior to arriving at Stanford, he taught at the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. At Stanford, his recent classes have focused on the debates surrounding citizenship and claims-making; journalism and new media technologies; and the distractions of contemporary media.

Chris Kamrath’s research focuses on media and the circulation of writing in the public sphere. He is interested in how voices--particularly voices that challenge the status quo--gain the public’s attention. Chris is currently working on a book project, entitled Left Icons: Self-Fashioning and the Cultural Memory of American Radicals. This project explores how some early-twentieth century radicals created stories, myths, about themselves and the way these activists used stories about themselves to get attention for radical causes. His articles have appeared in Public Culture; Mediations; Culture, Theory & Critique; Communication and Critical-Cultural Studies; and several edited volumes.

Political Science/International Relations Writing Specialist

Areas of specialization: history, literature and communications

Genre expertise: personal statements, grant applications, and writing for publication

Enjoys coaching argument development and style