Chris received her BA from Stanford University and PhD from the Department of English at Duke. Since joining the FHI in 2006, she has administered a range of research and education programs, including the Dissertation Working Group, the Graduate Digital Scholarship Initiative, and most recently the Humanities Laboratories. She also oversees the FHI's communications and multimedia projects (and occasionally live-tweets FHI events).
Outside of her work as an academic administrator, she maintains a strong research interest in the social worlds human beings share with non-human animals. Trained in American Studies and Ethnic Studies, she is particularly interested in how these multispecies complexes shape and are shaped by inequalities among human beings. In 2013 she was part of an interdisciplinary group that curated Recording the Anthropocene, a public exhibit exploring scientific, cultural, and artistic visions of the planetary impact of the human species. She has taught courses in the English Department, Program in Women's Studies, and Center for Documentary Studies. She participates regularly in panels and workshops on "alternative" or non-faculty careers for academics.