Kim Savelson

Contact Information:

Office Phone: 650- 725-1215
Office Location:
Sweet Hall 3rd Floor, Rm 322, 590 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Office Hours:

T/TH 11:30am-01:10pm


Kim Savelson holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature, and an M.A. in both English and Women's Studies. Her first book "Where the World is Not: Cultural Authority and Democratic Desire in 20th Century American Literature and Thought" (Ohio State University Press, 2009) focuses on the debates around public education in the US during the rise of pragmatism. The inquiry ranges across intellectual history, science and technology studies, and literary criticism to dilate the questions revolving around "education" and "culture" in the 20th Century.

Kim has been a full time member of the faculty in the Stanford Program in Writing and Rhetoric since 2005. She teaches students how to engage in deep, innovative research in the context of writing and rhetoric courses. Her second year course is "design thinking for research, writing and oral presentation." She also teaches an advanced PWR course called "Design Thinking & Science Communication," which offers students a firm grasp of both the history of science communication and current science communication theory, before guiding students through a research and design process that brings about students' own science communications. Currently, Kim's first year course is "Health Communication and Innovation."

Other courses Kim has taught at Stanford recently are "Imagining Others: Cosmopolitanism Today," and "Happiness Studies," which also share a strong emphasis on social innovation, ethics and the public good. Before coming to Stanford, she taught at Harvard University, Brandeis University and UCLA.

Savelson is now at work on a new interdisciplinary project, which investigates 21st Century literacies in the context of education history and innovation.


Book, "Where the World is Not"