Kris Swank is a Preceptor at Signum University and Library Director at Pima Community College–Northwest Campus, Tucson, Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Humanities and English, Dana College; a Master of Library Science, University of Arizona; an MBA in International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management; and an MA in Language and Literature, Tolkien Studies, Signum University. She is currently studying at the University of Glasgow with Dr. Dimitra Fimi.
Kris has been published in the peer-reviewed Tolkien Studies, Mythlore, Journal of Tolkien Research, and a dozen edited collections. She has also written on library topics for Library Journal, American Libraries, and other professional publications. Her honors and awards include the Horner Japanese Exchange Fellowship, Arizona Library Association (1992), Barton Kyle Yount Award, Thunderbird (1995), Professional Enrichment Recognition Award, Pima Community College (2012), and Outstanding Honors Faculty, Pima Community College (2014).