Chris is a doctoral candidate with an eclectic array of research interests. Her dissertation examines the experiences of and folklore surrounding early twentieth-century Mormons who claimed to receive divine revelation leading them to mineable wealth, projects which involved intriguing interplays of religion, capitalism, and settler colonialism. She also has research and teaching experience in areas such as popular culture studies, rhetoric and writing, and literary studies.
Chris thoroughly enjoys the time she gets to spend in front of the classroom. For the American Studies department at UNM, she conceptualized, designed, and taught her upper-division course, “U.S. Empire and Popular Culture,” which uses varied forms of popular culture to think about the ways in which many Americans have viewed U.S. imperialism and their roles within it. She also taught “Introduction to Popular Culture” multiple times in both face-to-face and on-line formats. Prior to her time at UNM, Chris earned a master’s degree in English Literature and American Studies from Utah State University. During this period she taught multiple undergraduate courses on rhetoric and writing, using a mixture of teaching methods to alleviate students' fears about the writing process and improve their output.
In addition to her research and teaching activities with the American Studies department at UNM, Chris also holds a graduate assistantship with UNM’s Graduate Studies office, where she works as a graphic designer, marketer, and webmaster.