Christopher Knaus

Affiliate Faculty



Dr. Christopher B. Knaus currently serves as Professor of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma. A race scholar, critical race theory practitioner, and educator, Dr. Knaus examines how systems of oppression (racism, and intersectional sexism, heterosexism, classism, islamophobia, and other oppressions) shape schools, districts, colleges, and ideas of learning that intentionally silence communities of color and those who differ from presumed white middle class hetero norms.

Dr. Knaus additionally works to foster urban educational leadership pathways, including conceptualizing educator of color preparation and support programs to transform from colonizing education towards a radically humanistic, critically conscious, liberatory education. At the core of community and systems transformation, Dr. Knaus centers urban youth voice as a way to help educators create inclusive, challenging classrooms and schools that arm children to transform the immediate world they live into a world where addressing social inequalities becomes the purpose of education. A global scholar, Dr. Knaus works in South Africa, across the United States, and regionally on the West Coast.