Christine Lynn Alfano

Contact Information:

Office Phone: 650- 736- 1422
Office Location:
Sweet Hall Room 310, Stanford, CA 94305

Office Hours:

W 01:30pm-03:00pm


Christine Alfano has been a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric since 1998. She holds a BA from Brown University and PhD from Stanford and specializes in digital media rhetoric, video game studies, and technologies of writing. In her recent PWR courses, “The Rhetoric of Gaming,” "The Rhetoric of Gender and Technology," and “Networked Rhetoric,” Christine challenges students to explore how writing in different technological modes (from traditional Microsoft Word documents, to blogs, threaded discussions, social network profiles, video blogs and wikis) transforms the modern practice of communication and how we represent ourselves online and off in our increasingly technologically-media culture.

She is the co-author (with Dr. Alyssa O'Brien) of the Envision textbook series, the most recent editions being Envision: Writing and Researching Arguments, 4th edition, and Envision In Depth, 3rd edition (2013). In addition, Christine is the writing specialist for the Stanford History Department and a Digital Media Consultant and writing tutor at the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking.

Her ongoing research project involves studying effective pedagogical applications of technology for composition studies in the classroom, and she has previously taught classes for Stanford's Center for the Study of Excellence in Teaching (CSET) on Multimodal Argumentation and also Teaching with Technology for local Bay Area high school teachers.

Recently, she received a grant from Stanford's program in Writing and Rhetoric to support her project on technology and gender.


The Rhetoric of Gaming

Networked Rhetoric