Dr. Chris Linder (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Utah, where her scholarship focuses on sexual violence and student activism. She was previously an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia where she worked for five years. Chris regularly teaches courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion; student development theory; foundations of higher education and student affairs; and qualitative research through a power-conscious, historical lens. Chris identifies as a queer, white cisgender woman from a working-class background who strives to interrupt power and dominance in her work as an educator and activist. Prior to becoming faculty, Chris worked as a student affairs educator and administrator for 10 years, spending the majority of her career as a director of a campus-based women’s center supporting survivors of sexual violence. Chris earned a PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Student Affairs from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a first-generation college student.
Chris regularly facilitates workshops and delivers lectures and keynotes about addressing campus sexual violence from a power-conscious lens. Specifically, she provided the keynote address for the inaugural Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Summit to Address Campus Sexual Violence and has returned two additional years to provide educational workshops for students and staff. She also provided the keynote address for the Ontario Universities Taking Action conference in Ontario, Canada. Most recently, she has facilitated a number of workshops on campus sexual violence at Emory University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Arkansas.
Chris is the author of Sexual Violence on Campus: Power-Conscious Approaches to Awareness, Prevention, and Response. Additionally, Chris co-edited a book with Dr. Jessica C. Harris examining the history and context of sexual violence on college campuses. The book, Intersections of Identity and Sexual Violence on Campus, centers experiences of minoritized groups, including women of Color, LGB and trans* students, and students with disabilities to improve campus-based practices related to sexual violence. Chris is also co-editor of the 2nd Edition of Multiculturalism on Campus, and has published work on student activism, white women’s anti-racist identity development, and racism in graduate preparation programs in a variety of journals in higher education and student affairs. Chris serves on the editorial board for the Journal of College Student Development and the NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education. Formerly, she was an Associate Editor for the College Student Affairs Journal and a member of the Journal about Student Affairs Research and Practice editorial board.
You can read some of Chris’s non-academic work here:
Telling women how not to get raped won’t stop sexual violence on campus. Essay in The Guardian.
Advice on what to do if you are engaged in sexual violence activism. Blog post on The National Student.
Addressing sexual violence on campus and at universities. Blog post on Huffington Post.
Power-conscious approaches to campus sexual violence. Essay in Inside Higher Education. (co-authored with Dr. Jessica Harris, UCLA)
Examining history and racism in sexual violence response on campus. Podcast with the Association for Student Conduct Administrators.
Discussing power-conscious approaches to addressing sexual violence on campus. Podcast with Emerald Insight Publishing. Bingley, United Kingdom. (with Niah Grimes, Marvette Lacy, and Susan Marine)