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Christopher J Krohn
  • Title
    • Internship Director
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, ISB 491
    • ISB Rm. 491
  • Office Hours Tues., 11am-2pm, Wed. by apt. and Friday, 11-2p
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Summary of Expertise

--Local politics, reform politics
--Education theory, how students learn
--Experiential Education

Biography, Education and Training

Chris Krohn is a true 'slug.' He graduated with honors in Latin American Studies and Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 1987. He spent three years teaching and practicing journalism in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Germany. He completed the teaching credential program at UCSC ('90-'92) and taught high school locally. In 1995 his first daughter was born and he became a not-so-stay-at-home dad, dragging her to many meetings. While becoming interested in moving the local landfill away from burying garbage toward a reuse facility he moved directly into local political reform. He was elected to the Santa Cruz City Council in 1998 and was mayor of Santa Cruz in 2002. He joined the Environmental Studies Department in 2005 because "I looked around at what was most important to me--family, education, the planet earth--and realized that I had always learned best by participating in internships and field work activities. And what was the most important issue really? The planet and its changing climate! I knew they were studying climate change in the ENVS department. So here I am hoping to direct students towards the multiple opportunities that exist for them to participate in nurturing and sustaining their world."

In 2016, unhappy with the enviromental and land-use direction of the city, and encouraged by his students, Chris Krohn won a council seat again in 2016. He now works half-time for Environmental Studies and full-time on the Santa Cruz City Council.

Teaching Interests

--How to make the most of your internship experience
--Social change
--Essay writing and journal keeping