Staff Directory


Kristi Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Phone: 949-480-4326

Fax: 949-480-4243


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego 1999 (Comparative Literature)
  • M.A .,San Francisco State University, 1994 (Classics)
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz 1991 (Theater Arts)

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 2008 
  • 2009 – 2012, Director of the Writing Program, SUA
  • 2007 - 2008, Assistant Director Hume Writing Center, Stanford University
  • 2005 - 2008, Founder, Director The Stanford Film Lab
  • 2005 - 2008, Lecturer Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University
  • 2000 -2004, Fellow in the Humanities, Stanford University (IHUM Program) 

Research Interests

  • • Comparative Literature (Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Film Theory, Philosophy, Orientalism)
  • • Classics ( Rhetoric, Old Comedy, Euripedean Tragedy, Roman Satire, Plato, 2nd Sophistic period)
  • Gender Studies

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • “Building Memory: Museums, Trauma and the Aesthetics of Confrontation in Argentina.” Latin American Perspectives. 2016
  • Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America.  Antonio Traverso and Kristi M. Wilson, Eds. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
  • Film and Genocide. Kristi M. Wilson and Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli, Eds. University of Wisconsin Press, 2012
  • Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. Antonio Traverso and Kristi M. Wilson, Eds. Vol. 19. Nos. 3 – 4 (2013). “Special Issue: Political, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013
  • Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema. Kristi M. Wilson and Laura Ruberto, Eds., Wayne State University Press, 2007
  • “Ecce Homo Novus: snapshots, the ‘new man,’ and iconic montage in the work of Santiago Alvarez.”Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. Vol. 19. Nos. 3 – 4. “Special Issue: Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America: concepts, histories, experiences.” Documentary Cinema in Latin America: concepts, histories, experiences.” Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013
  • “The Split-Person Narrative: Resisting Closure, Resistant Genre in Albertina Carri’s Los Rubios.” Essay.Latin American Perspectives, 2013
  • “Demagogues in Death and Notes from Way Underground: the American cult pop culture icon.” Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream, Vol 1. Bob Batchelor, editor, Praeger Publications,2012
  • “Hero Trouble: Blood, Politics and Kinship in Pasolini’s Medea.” Critical Explorations of the Sword andSandal Film. Michael Cornelius, editor, McFarland Press, 2011
  • “Beyond Rossellini.” Co-written with Laura Ruberto, Quaderni di Cinemasud, 2007
  • “Introduction” to The Satyricon of Petronius, Barnes and Noble, 2006

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Writing and Communication Skills 101
  • Advanced Communication Skills 300
  • Advanced Communication Skills 305 (The Rhetoric of Performance, The Politics of Visual Rhetoric)
  • Writing About Film
  • Core 1
  • Writing New Media

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Stanford Institute for Creative Arts (SiCa) Curricular Innovation Grant for "The Multimedia Literacies Project," 2008
  • Stanford Institute for Creative Arts (SiCa) Grant for "The Storytelling Project," 2007
  • Fellowship in the Humanities, Stanford University, 2000-2004
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, Humanities Research Institute. Theme: "Race in Early - modern and Ancient Contexts" 2000
  • Summer Research Institute Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley. Theme: "Antigone, Gender and Kinship" (led by Judith Butler) 1999
  • Horst Fenz Prize. Best Graduate Student Paper. The American Comparative Literature Association. (1999)
  • Player's Club Choice Award for "Tanguedia" (a musical adaptation of Euripides" Phoenicae). San Francisco State University Drama Department 1997