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Chris Holstrom (he/him/his)

Assistant Teaching Professor
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Contact Information

PDL A-21
Office Hours: 
W 10-12


Ph.D., Information Science, University of Washington, 2023
M.S., Information Science, University of Washington, 2020
M.S., Technical Communication, University of Washington, 2002
B.A., English, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2000
B.A., Physics, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2000
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I am an assistant teaching professor in the English Department at the University of Washington, specializing in technical and professional writing. As an enthusiastic proponent of cross-disciplinary work, I also teach courses in science writing, library science, and data science. My research interests are primarily in knowledge organization, where I study the social and cultural aspects of subject indexing and subject tagging. I am excited to expand on my research by finding connections between knowledge organization and technical writing. Before I returned to academia, I worked at Google and IBM as a technical writer, technical editor, and technical writing manager for 15 years.

You can find my publications in my Google Scholar Profile.

Courses Taught

Additional Courses

  • ENGL 388: Professional and Technical Writing
  • LIS 531: Catalogs, Cataloging, and Classification
  • INFO 498 D: Special Topics in Informatics - Tagging as a Social and Technical Information System
  • INFO 330 B: Databases and Data Modeling
  • LIS 530: Organization of Information and Resources
  • ENGL 199: Interdisciplinary Writing/Natural Science
  • INFO 201: Technical Foundations in Informatics
  • TC 426: Introduction to Computer Software User Assistance
  • TC 231: Introduction to Technical Writing 


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