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SherriLynn Colby-Bottel, PhD
Dr. SherriLynn Colby-Bottel received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Virginia in 2012 and a BA in anthropology (1998) and an MA in music (2001), with distinction, at California State University, Fresno. From 2005 to 2012, with support from the National Science Foundation and the University of Virginia Faculty Senate Fellowship award for scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching, she conducted ethnographic research on disaster recovery, nonprofits, urban traditions, and community-based social activities in New Orleans. Her research explored issues highlighted by disaster and recovery: how racial inequities align with health disparities, how environment and social policy act as determinants of community health, and the vital role of community in one’s ability to achieve personal health and well-being. SherriLynn has worked and volunteered for several nonprofit organizations in the last decade while also researching how nonprofit organizations retain and reward labor. Her current intellectual interests are focused on holistic community well-being, ethnography, the ethical considerations of representation, and inclusivity in the practices of study abroad. SherriLynn has worked in higher education for more than 20 years as both teacher and administrator in four quite distinct university settings. She has been with SIT since 2011.
- PhD, University of Virginia
- MA, California State University, Fresno
- BA, California State University, Fresno