Kris Knauer studied in Silesia, California and Yorkshire, but received all his degrees from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. He gained MA in English (Teaching Specialisation) in 1995 and his thesis was on postcolonial literatures. He received his PhD in Humanities in 1999 for his work on Reciprocity and Multicultural Imagination in cultural studies.
Between 1995-2007 he worked for universities in Poland and England; participated in 20 international conferences and published many articles and essays in academic journals in the USA, the UK, Germany and Poland. He co-edited Britishness and Cultural Studies: Continuity and Change in Narrating the Nation in 2000 with Simon Murray (Slask: Katowice, 2000) and On the Move: Mobility and Identity with Tadeusz Rachwal in 2005 (ATH: Bielsko Biala, 2005).
He researched contemporary London literature to become an 'independent scholar' in Poland but decided to carry on teaching adult education at Morley College, where he has been a tutor/lecturer since April 2004. He has taught 'Skills for Life' Fast Track ESOL courses as well as Academic Writing (at various levels), Access to Nursing and Access to Social Work pathways.