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Christopher Thomas

Assistant Professor
(585) 395-2079
Office:  Holmes Hall 203


Christopher Thomas joined Brockport after completing his PhD in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy as well as a certificate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. He grew up in the wheat fields of Kansas and is a first-generation college graduate. He earned a BA in American History from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a MA in Communication Studies from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. His research focuses on marginalized communities' struggle for equitable and fair participation in public deliberations over urban planning, public health, and environmental sustainability. In particular, he studies how women utilize their gender to empower themselves and their community, challenge environmentally dangerous practices and policies, and bring about social and political change. 


  • PhD, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, University of Iowa
  • MA, Communication Studies, Wake Forest University
  • BA, History, University of Texas San Antonio

Teaching and Creative Interests

  • Director of the College at Brockport Debate Club
  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Social Change and Protest
  • Environmental Communication
  • Feminist Rhetorics
  • Rhetoric of Popular Culture

Grants, Fellowships, and Honors

  • Top Paper Award, Social Justice and Activism Division, National Communication Association, 2016
  • Douglas Ehninger Prize for Teaching Excellence, University of Iowa, 2014
  • Top Paper Award, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Division, National Communication Association, 2013
  • Matt Grindy Graduate Student Coaching Award, Cross-Examination Debate Association, 2013

Last Updated 2/19/21