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About Kristen C. Blinne

From studying the olfactory dimensions of creative and artistic practices in my BA senior thesis, Inhaling to Create: A Practical Guide to the Use of Essential Oils in the Art Gallery, Studio, and Classroom, to examining relational attitudes towards pubic hair styling practices in my MA thesis, Pubic Relations: Depilation Disgust and Desire, I consider myself a life-long learner, artmaker, writer, and traveler. My learning journey has further extended beyond the walls of the academy to play with and explore alternative modes of embodied inquiry, including: Thai bodywork therapy, acupuncture, qi gong, aromatherapy, and pole dancing. I am a licensed skin care therapist and a Diplomate in Asian bodywork therapy with the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), balance ball yoga instructor, and a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (under William Vandry). My writing on holistic health has been featured in magazines, such as Scentsitivity, The Aromatherapy Journal, The Aromatic Thymes, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, Skin Deep, and Different Strokes. Additionally, I have lived in eight U.S. states and four countries across three continents.
My dissertation, Living Light with the Rainbow Family: A Wandering Story, explores communication practices at Rainbow Family national gatherings. I am passionate about qualitative inquiry, ethics, and pedagogy, as well as environmental and spiritual communication. Methodologically, I am drawn to poetic inquiry, performative writing, arts-based methods, and creative nonfiction. Spirituality, healing practices and rituals, storytelling, creativity, and collaborative and contemplative pedagogies are areas of inquiry that I continue to explore.
At NCA 2011 in New Orleans, I was elected to serve as Vice Chair Elect for the Spiritual Communication Division, a four-year position that progresses to Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair of the division. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to serve the division.


August 2014 Present Assistant Professor, SUNY Oneonta ‐ Communication Arts
20102014 Graduate Teaching Associate, University of South Florida

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