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Edward Fristrom

Edward Fristrom, PhD

Co-Director, Certificate Program in Medical Humanities
Associate Teaching Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall


  • PhD, Writing, Teaching and Criticism with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, State University of New York at Albany
  • MA, Creative Writing emphasis in Fiction, University of California
  • BA, English, University of Puget Sound

Research Interests:

  • Writing Studies
  • Medical Memoir
  • Environmental Literature and Rhetoric


I work in the writing program and am co-director of the medical humanities certificate program. Recently my interests have turned to writing associated with the gas industry's impact on Northern Pennsylvania where my extended family owns a farm. I've been interested not only in the rhetoric associated with the debate over fracking but in the role of personal narrative, poetry, and fiction. Outside the academy, I spend much of my time with music and photography.