Christopher Knaus, Ph.D.

Professor
Phone
253-692-4715
Office hours
by appointment - email me!
Campus Box
358435
Introduction

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.

Publication Date Bibliographic Citation
2017

Knaus, C. B., & Brown II, M. C. (2017). The absence of indigenous African higher education: Contextualizing whiteness, post-apartheid racism, and intentionality. In M. C. Brown II & T. E Dancy II (Eds.), Black colleges across the Diaspora: Global perspectives on race and stratification in postsecondary education (Advances in Education in Diverse Communities: Research, Policy and Praxis, Vol. 14), 263-288. Emerald Publishing.

2017

Knaus, C. B. (2017). “A Fairy Tale in a Song is No Message”: Leadership Lessons from Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits. In T. Watson, F. Beachum, & J. Brooks (Eds.), Educational Leadership and Music, 137-148. Information Age Publishing.

2017

Knaus, C. B. (2017). Push Out: Racial Dynamics at a Turnaround School. Rethinking Schools, 31(2), 34-37.

2016

Knaus, C. B. (2016). “We Talk But We Don’t Say Shit”: Education and the Silencing of Voice. In T. Marsh & N. Croom (Eds.), Envisioning a Critical Race Praxis in K–12 Leadership Through Counter-Storytelling, 3–23. New York: Information Age Publishing.

2016

Knaus, C. B., & Brown, M. C, II (2016). Whiteness is the New South Africa: Qualitative Research on Post-Apartheid Racism. New York: Peter Lang. Available here

2016

Chetty, R., & Knaus, C. B. (2016). Why South Africa's Universities Are in the Grip of a Class Struggle. The Conversation, 1/13/2016: http://theconversation.com/why-south-africas-universities-are-in-the-gri...

2015

Marsh, T., & Knaus, C. B. (2015). Fostering Movements or Silencing Voices: Learning from Egypt and South Africa, Leading Against Racism. International Journal of Multicultural Education, Special Issue on Anti-Racist Leadership, 17(1), 188-210.
Available: http://ijme-journal.org/index.php/ijme/article/view/969/1039

2014

Knaus, C. B. (2014). What if We All Wore Hoodies? Educational Silencing of Black Male Voices. In V. E. Evans-Winters & M. C. Bethune (Eds.), (Re)Teaching Trayvon: Education for Racial Justice and Human Freedom, 163-186. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers. Available online: Sense Publishers.      

2014

Knaus, C. B. (2014). Seeing What They Want to See: Racism and Leadership Development in Urban Schools. The Urban Review, 46(3), 420-444. Available here.      

2013

Rogers-Ard, R., & Knaus, C. B. (2013). From Colonization to RESPECT: How Federal Education Policy Fails Children and Educators of Color. ECI Interdisciplinary Journal for Legal and Social Policy: Vol. 3(1), 1-32. Available at: http://ecipublications.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1020&context=ijlsp

2013

Knaus, C. (2013). Developing Urban Youth Voice: A Framework for Culturally Responsive Classrooms. In R. Brock & G. S. Goodman (Eds.), School Sucks! Arguments for School Change in Urban Education, 9-42. New York: Peter Lang. (Reprinted from Knaus (2011). Shut Up and Listen: Teaching Writing that Counts in Urban Schools, available here and here).      

2013

Knaus, C. (2013). You Are the Ones Who Need to Hear Us: The Role of Youth Voice in a Democracy. In R. Brock & G. S. Goodman (Eds.), School Sucks! Arguments for School Change in Urban Education, 64-98. New York: Peter Lang. (Reprinted from Knaus (2011). Shut Up and Listen: Teaching Writing that Counts in Urban Schools, available here and here