University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Communication
Boulder, CO, 80303
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
Ethnography of Communication
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: https://www.natcom.org/advocacy-public-engagement/social-justice-exchange
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. & Loker, E. (2019, November). Surviving PhDepression as Women and Graduate Students: A Collaborative Feminist Autoethnography on Mental Health in Academia. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD. Ethnography Division, Top Paper Award.
Brownlee, K. (2019, May). Using cultural discourse analysis to design an applied communication intervention. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Washington D.C.. Language and Social Interaction Division, Top Student Paper Award.
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, November). The God Problem in Communication Studies. Presented to the Religious Communication Division, National Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD.
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, Spring 2020, Instructor of record)
COMM 2500: Interpersonal Communication
(Spring 2019, Instructor of record)
COMM 3410: Intercultural Communication
(Fall 2019, 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
Undergraduate Committee Representative, Communication Graduate Student Association, Department of Communication (2019 – 2020)
Social Chair, Communication Graduate Student Association, Department of Communication (2018 – 2019)
Communication Chair, Communication Graduate Student Association, Department of Communication (2017 – 2018)
Student Leader, College of Media, Communication and Information Connect Student Welcome and Orientation (2017)
Co-chair, Scientific Committee for Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) V Conference (2016 – 2017)
B. Professional Memberships
International Communication Association
National Communication Association
Western States Communication Association
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)