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Kelly Zepelin

Education

University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO            

Ph.D. in Anthropology, expected Fall 2021.

Dissertation: “Wild Grains & Berries: An ethnography on eating for socio-ecological resilience in the Anthropocene” 

Committee: Kathryn Goldfarb (chair), Alison Cool, Donna Goldstein, Jerry Jacka, Tatiana Chudakova (Tufts University) 

Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO 

            M.A. in Anthropology, Specialization in Health and Wellbeing, received Summer 2015

                             M.A. Thesis: “The Ecological Self: Embodiment, Ecology and Worldview of Zen Buddhist Monastic Practice”

Committee: Jeffrey Snodgrass (chair), Lynn Kwiatkowski, Matt Mackenzie 

Goucher, College, Towson, MD

           B.A. magna cum laude in Psychology, specialization Cognitive Science and Neuroscience, May 2011  

Educational exchange experience: 

Johns Hopkins University, MD, 2011, select classes in Neuroscience

University of Sussex, England, 2009 select classes in Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Ghana, Ghana, 2010 select classes in Evolutionary Psychology

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Ethnobotany, traditional and modern uses of wild, edible plants.

Food Justice, structural and political dimensions of food inequity, indigenous foodways

Microbiome; entanglements of humans, microorganisms and plants  

Resilience, socio-ecological systems, complexity, emergence 

Research Funding

2019                 University of Colorado Boulder Cartwright Award

2019                 University of Colorado Boulder Research Award, Cultural Anthropology

2018                 Hope Schultz Jozsa Award, Beverly Sears Named Grant

2019                 University of Colorado Anthropology Department Predissertation Research Grant

2018                 University of Colorado Anthropology Department Predissertation Research Grant 

2016                 Sheryl R. Young Memorial Fellowship, exceptional female researchers


Fellowships and Academic Honors

2012                 Fulbright Scholar Program, University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka

2011                 Pearl Simon Research Award, Goucher College, Kathmandu, Nepal, June 2011

2011                 Goucher College Kratz Creative Writing Fellowship, Kathmandu, Nepal, August 2011

2011                 Phi Beta Kappa

2011                 Goucher College Honors in Psychology

2010-11             Goucher College Presidential Research Fellowship, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana, India



Research Assistantships

2016                 Research Assistant for Prof. Kathryn Goldfarb, University of Colorado Boulder

2014                 Research Assistant for Prof. Katherine E. Browne, Colorado State University

2013-15             Research Assistant for Prof. Jeffrey Snodgrass, Colorado State University

2010-12             Research Assistant, Consciousness Laboratory, Naropa University 

2010-12             Research Assistant, Ethnographic Teaching and Research Lab, Colorado State University 

2008-11             Research Manager, Laboratory for Long-Term Memory, Goucher College


Conference and Meeting Presentations

2018                 “Rewilding the Gut, Microbial Intimacies in the Age of the Microbiome,” Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, University of Colorado Boulder


2015                 “Advocating for a Collaborative Approach to Contemplative Science: An Anthropological Case,” Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, University of Colorado Boulder


2012                 “The Compassionate Brain and Interpersonal Perception of Long-Term Sri Lankan Meditators,” Fulbright Southeast Asian Conference, Kerala, India


2012                 “Loving Awareness: A Cognitive and Neurological Awareness of Other,” Annual Psychology Department Conference, University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka


2011                 “Indian Yogis Excel in Embodied Spatial Transformation,” Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts


2010                 “Self-regulation in the classroom predicts memory performance in the laboratory.” Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Brooklyn Bridge, New York


Teaching Appointments

2019                 Grader, Drugs in U.S. Society, Sociology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder

2019                 Teaching Assistant, Culture & Environment, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder

2018                 Teaching Assistant, The Caribbean in Post-Colonial Perspective, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder

2017                 Teaching Assistant, Gender, Culture and Film, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder

2017                 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder

2016                 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder

2015                 Teaching Assistant, The Caribbean in Post-Colonial Perspective, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder

2015                 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder

2014                 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology Department, Colorado State University

2014                 Co-Instructor, Ethnopsychiatry and Spiritual Healing, Colorado State University

2013                 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology Department, Colorado State University

2009-11             Quantitative Research Methodology Assistant Instructor, Goucher College 


Courses Developed and Taught  

2020                 Instructor, Anthropological Approaches to Culture, Plants and Bioregional Ecoliteracy, University of Colorado Boulder, developed.

2016                 Instructor, Buddha and the Brain, University of Colorado Boulder, Cultural Anthropology Department, Summer 2016.


Academic Service

2016                 Planning team member, “The Ethnographic Turn: On Theory, Method and Practice in Anthropology,” Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, University of Colorado Boulder 

2015                 Planning team member, “Engaged Anthropology: Responsibility and Scholarship in the Current Political Moment,” Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, University of Colorado Boulder

2007-11             Undergraduate Writing Instructor, Goucher College


Public Service and Outreach

2019                 Research presentation, Eagle County Conservation District, Eagle, CO, Aug. 7

2014                 Research presentation to Weld County City Council, Mar. 15

2011                 Research presentation, University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka, Nov. 24 

            

Professional Affiliations 

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Colorado Native Plant Society 

Professional Certifications

2019                 Rocky Mountain Field Botany 

2015                 Graduate Teaching Certificate

 
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