Santa Clara University


Fred_White_bigDr. Fred White

Position: Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae
Mail Address

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Biographical Information

Fred White has taught at Santa Clara since 1980. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Minnesota (1967, 1973) and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa (1980). His speciality is rhetoric, particularly as it relates to writing about literature, and writing in the natural sciences.

Having a special fondness for interdisciplinary teaching, he team-taught (with chemistry professor Amy Shachter) an environmental studies couse in Trinidad & Tobago in the summer of 1998. In the previous year, he received the Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence.

Courses Taught

Research Interests

  • Nonfiction writing
  • Study of poetry about science and technology
  • Rhetorical strategies in the poetry of Emily Dickinson

Representative Publications

  • The Well-Crafted Argument (with Simone Billings), published by Houghton Mifflin in 2002 with a second edition due out in 2005
  • Lifewriting (Quill Driver Books) recently published in 2004
  • Communicating Technology (HarperCollins, 1996)
  •  Science and the Human Spirit (Wadsworth, 1989)
  • The Writer's Art (Wadsworth, 1986)
  • In 2006 he will complete The Essential John Muir (Heyday Books) as part of the California Legacy series.

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