Dr. Kelly Bushnell is a teacher, writer, ocean advocate, and environmental humanities scholar specializing in oceanic literature, history, and culture.
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.
Dr. B. is an avid waterwoman and balances archival work with fieldwork as often as possible, including as Humanities Scholar-in-Residence on the all-women Sedna Epic Expedition Team, whose expeditions to the circumpolar Arctic focus on knowledge sharing with Inuit women and girls, and documenting climate crisis via diving and snorkeling.
She 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.
She spent Fall 2019 in Munich as a Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center, and this Spring 2020 she is Visiting Assistant Professor of Ocean Literature at the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Ocean and Coastal Studies Program in Mystic, Connecticut.
When she’s not teaching, writing, or speaking, you can find her rowing a wooden boat around Puget Sound.