Dr. Kelly Bushnell
Historian & Literary Scholar
Dr. Kelly Bushnell is an award-winning teacher, writer, and environmental humanities scholar specializing in oceanic literature, history, and culture, and gender.
She received her BA from the University of California (San Diego), her MA from Mills College, and her PhD from the University of London (Royal Holloway), and she has taught at the University of London and the University of West Florida. She now resides in Seattle, Washington and conducts research across North America, Europe, and beyond. Her publications include essays for scholarly and general audiences on oceanic poetics and ecocritical and ecofeminist visual cultures.
She will spend Fall 2019 at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, finishing her book collaboration with Sedna Epic Expedition Advisor and Inuit Traditional Knowledge Keeper Johnny Issaluk. In Spring 2020 she will be Visiting Professor of Oceanic Literature at the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program in Mystic, Connecticut.
Dr. B. has served as a volunteer naturalist aboard cetacean conservation and education programs, and as a team leader for the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Team, which rescues and rehabilitates (or necropsies) marine mammals and sea turtles. There she saw firsthand the effects of human interference on sea creatures, including turtles suffocated by balloons or tangled in fishing line, whales with bellies full of plastic, and dolphins driven ashore by sonar testing.
When she’s not teaching, writing, or speaking, you can find her rowing a wooden boat around Puget Sound.
“Teaching Arctic Climate Change Humanities with the Sedna Epic Expedition,” Kelly P. Bushnell (Article)
“Meet the Team of Women Explorers Tackling Climate Change in the Arctic: An Interview with Kelly Bushnell” (Interview)