Thomas Krise

Professor of English

Thomas Krise
Hauge Administration Building - Room Admin 222
On Sabbatical
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Additional Titles/Roles

  • President Emeritus Pacific Lutheran University


  • Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 1995
  • M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota, 1989
  • M.S.A., Human Resources Management, Central Michigan University, 1986
  • B.S., History, United States Air Force Academy, 1983

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Early Caribbean literature
  • Early American literature
  • 17th and 18th century British literature


  • Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777, edited by Thomas W. Krise, (The University of Chicago Press, 1999) : View Book
  • Approaches to Teaching Behn’s Oroonoko. Eds. Cynthia Richards and Mary Ann O’Donnell, Chapters "Oroonoko as a Caribbean Text", (New York: MLA, 2013)
  • Literature Compass. Ed. Cynthia Wall, Chapters "Constructing Caribbean Literary History", (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005)

Selected Articles

  • "Staging Slaves: Restoration Characterizations." The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies Vol. 31, 2008: 197-208.
  • "Reading between the Lines: Glimpses of Oral Cultures in Early Caribbean Literature." La Torre: Revista de la Universidad de Puerto Rico Vol. XI, 2006: 519-527.
  • "Caribbean Literary History: Who Decides?." Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture Vol. I, 2004: 33-42.
  • "True Novel, False History: Robert Robertson’s Ventriloquized Ex-Slave in The Speech of Mr. John Talbot Campo-bell (1736)." Early American Literature Vol. 30, 1995: 152-164.


The son and grandson of Army medical service officers, he was born at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and spent his early childhood in Washington, D.C., and on military posts across the U.S. and in Germany. He lived aboard a sailboat for the better part of two years and then attended high school on the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, where he was a deckhand, a dive master, and an Eagle Scout. He is married to Patricia Love Krise, a native of Indianapolis, who earned a B.A. from Hanover College and an M.B.A. from Miami University of Ohio. She has been a Fortune-50 manager and executive for more than 25 years, currently with the Ford Motor Company. They live in Tacoma, Washington.

PLU president Thomas Krise on NYT college rankings

President Krise Talks about Orientation at PLU

President Krise Veteran's Day Address 2012

Presidential Address: A University of the First Rank

Thomas W. Krise Inaugural Address