Kellie Brownlee
Curriculum vitae

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Communication
UCB 270, Hellems 65
Boulder, CO, 80303
Phone: (619) 985-6745


Masters of Arts, Department of Communication, University of Colorado Boulder, May 2018 (Grade point average: 4.0)

Thesis: “Conversation and Storytelling as Cultural Practices: Designing a Communication Activism Intervention with Migrant English Language Learners”
Committee Members: Dr. Lawrence R. Frey (Advisor), Dr. Leah Sprain, and Dr. David Boromisza-Habashi

Bachelor of Arts, North Park University, Chicago, IL, May 2014 (Majors: Communication Studies and English Creative Writing; Grade point average: 3.96)

Valhalla High School, El Cajon, CA, 2010–2006


A. Research Interests

Applied Communication
Ethnography of Communication
Group Communication
Intercultural Communication

B. Publications

1. Book Chapters

Frey, L. R., Brownlee, K., & Musselwhite, J. (2017, November). Resource guide for communication scholarship on social justice activism. In S. J. Hartnett (Ed.), Communication’s civic callings: The social justice exchange and community engagement. Washington, DC: National Communication Association. Available at:

2. Book Reviews

Brownlee, K. (2018). [Review of the book Collaborative Imagination: Earning Activism Through Literacy Education, by Paul Feigenbaum]. International Journal of Communication, 12, 2922–2925.

Brownlee, K. (2017). [Review of the book Communication and the Global Landscape of Faith, by A. E. H. Daniels]. Central States Communication Association Newsletter, 8, 4–5.

C. Conference Presentations

1. Competitively Selected Papers

Brownlee, K. (2018, November). Narrative construction of intersectional identities as a relational tool in group dialogue. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brownlee, K. (2018, May). Learning beyond language: Cultural discourses of acting and relating in English conversation groups. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Prague, Czech Republic. Top Student Paper Award.

Brownlee, K. (2017, June). Learning beyond language: An ethnographic study of English conversation groups. Presented at the New Horizons in the Ethnography of Communication Conference, Yonkers, NY.

2. Competitively Selected Panel Presentations

Brownlee, K. (2019, February). Advancing social justice by using local knowledge: Advocacy, evidence, and the ethnography of communication. To be presented to the Language and Social Interaction Division, Western States Communication Association Conference, Seattle, WA.

Brownlee, K. (2018, February). Communicating need through crafted perceptions: A case study on child sponsorship as a means for nonprofit fundraising. Presented to the Organizational Communication Interest Group, Western States Communication Association Conference, Santa Clara, CA.

Brownlee, K. (2017, November). Online simulations for group communication teaching and research. Presented to the Group Communication Division, National Communication Association Convention, Dallas, TX.

Brownlee, K. (2017, April). Deciding when to interrupt: Reflecting on researcher responsibility in moments of intercultural conflict. Presented to the Rocky Mountain Communication Association Conference, Denver, CO.

E. Research Assistantship

Dr. Leah Sprain (August 2017–May 2018; Collecting and analyzing data for a research program, funded by the Spencer Foundation, to assess quality engagement across difference in high school classrooms)


A. University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Communication

COMM 1300: Public Speaking
(Fall 2018, Instructor of record)

COMM 1600: Group Interaction
(Fall 2016, Teaching assistant; Summer 2017, Instructor of record)

COMM 2400: Discourse, Culture, and Identity
(Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Instructor of record)

B. North Park University, Department of General Education Dialogues

NPD 1000: North Park Dialogues 1
(Fall 2011, Teaching assistant)


A. University of Colorado Boulder

Social Chair, Communication Graduate Student Association, Department of Communication

Communication Chair, Communication Graduate Student Association, Department of Communication

Student Leader, College of Media, Communication and Information Connect Student Welcome and Orientation

Co-chair, Scientific Committee for Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) V Conference

B. Professional Memberships

International Communication Association

National Communication Association

Western States Communication Association

C. Community Service/Outreach

Volunteer Facilitator, Conversations in English classes at Boulder Public Library


Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (2018)

BoulderTalks Award for Leadership in Democratic Engagement (2018)

Humanities Scholar Grant Recipient, Swedish Council of America (2014): Grant for scholarly research and cultural exchange to Sweden, to survey current scholarship on minority communication and Scandinavian indigenous issues.

Outstanding Senior in the English Department (2014): Recognized as an exemplary student in the major based on grade point average and student involvement

Communication Department Scholarship (2013): Awarded to the student with the highest grade point average in the major


Certificate in College Teaching, University of Colorado Boulder Graduate Teacher Program (to be completed May 2020)

Certificate in Culture, Language, and Social Practice, University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Program (2018)