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Christopher Thomas

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


Christopher Thomas joined Brockport in 208 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 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 ecological sustainability, biodiversity, and environmental conservation and protection. In particular, Dr. Thomas studies how women and feminine bodies utilize gender, sex, and sexuality to empower themselves and their communities, challenge environmentally dangerous practices and policies, and bring about social and political change. 


  • PhD, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, University of Iowa (2018)
  • MA, Communication Studies, Wake Forest University (2013)
  • BA, American History, University of Texas at San Antonio (2011)

Teaching and Creative Interests:

  • Faculty Advisor for the Brockport Debate Society
  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Social Change and Protest
  • Environmental Communication
  • Feminist Rhetorics
  • Rhetorics of Popular Culture

Grants, Fellowships & Honors:

  • Nominee for the Presidential Teaching Excellence Award in 2019 and 2020
  • Top Paper in the Environmental Communication Division at the 2020 National Communication Association Convention
  • Top Paper in the Social Justice and Activism Division at the 2016 National Communication Association Convention

Last Updated 5/26/21