Tammy Clemons

  • Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate
  • Anthropology
  • Appalachian Center
  • Gender & Women's Studies
(859) 379-8261
Other Affiliations:
  • Association for Feminist Anthropology
  • National Association of Student Anthropologists
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences
  • National Association of Women's Studies
  • Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
Research Interests:
Education
  • PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology, University of Kentucky, current.
  • MA in Cultural Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 2016.
  • Graduate Certificate in Gender & Women's Studies, University of Kentucky, 2014.
  • MTS (Master of Theological Studies) concentrating in World Religions and Women’s Studies, Harvard Divinity School, 2001.
  • BA in Women’s Studies, Spanish minor, Berea College, 1999.
Biography

I grew up in Montgomery County, Kentucky, and my family's historical roots are in Eastern Kentucky and East Tennessee. I am a graduate of Berea College as well as its first Women’s Studies major. While pursuing a graduate degree at Harvard, I worked for two years as a manuscript desk assistant at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Much of my masters-level graduate work focused on feminist liberation theologies, ecofeminism, leadership and organizing, and community activism. I also conducted two ethnographic studies on the Schlesinger Library as part of a course on “ethnographic imaginations” while I worked there. After grad school, I worked at Berea College for almost a decade; four-and-a-half years as the Executive Assistant to the President, and three-and-a-half years as the College's campus-wide Sustainability Coordinator. Most recently, I returned to the President's Office to serve again as President Shinn's Executive Assistant during his last year at Berea while simultaneously beginning my first year of doctoral study in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.

I am currently a full-time student and PhD Candidate in the UK Department of Anthropology working with Dr. Ann Kingsolver. My dissertation research focuses on how young visual media makers in different social contexts in Appalachia envision, construct, and act upon possibilities for young people in the region; and I am currently conducting fieldwork in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. My doctoral coursework in anthropology focused on development; political economy; popular education; youth as a cultural category; cultural production; and media literacy, education, and activism in Appalachian and Latin American contexts. In 2014, I also completed a graduate certificate from the UK Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and earned an MA in cultural anthropology in 2016. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Kingsolver's APP 200 Introduction to Appalachian Studies course as well as for Dr. Juliana McDonald and Dr. Hsain Ilahiane in ANT 160 Cultural Diversity in the Modern World. In spring 2015, I taught ANT 160 as my own standalone course.

I am also a filmmaker and have made more than 20 short videos over the past decade. I am especially interested in film/video as a medium for storytelling, not only in the context of researching and documenting on behalf of others but in helping communities and individuals to tell their own stories through film as well. My partner and I are co-producing a multi-media documentary project about her partner's grandparents Frances and John Reedy, who were founding Bluegrass musicians and songwriters (http://remembereedy.blogspot.com). For Fall 2009, we were awarded an Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship where we began the formal research phase of the documentary and donated the Reedys' collection of recordings and memorabilia to the Berea College Special Collections and Sound Archives. Concurrent with this fellowship, we completed the Community Scholars certification program sponsored by the Kentucky Folklife Program. For this documentary project, we were also awarded a Family Research Fellowship from the Kentucky Historical Society, an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and an Artistic Assistance Grant from Alternate ROOTS.  

I have participated in several film courses and workshops, and I taught a Berea College Short Term course called “Acting the Part: Filmmaking and Community Activism” in January 2009. I also offered a short workshop on “Filmmaking and Activism: Organizing Film Screenings for Social and Environmental Justice” at the 2009 Campus-Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference, where I also co-coordinated the “Water and Climate Change Film Festival.” From 2007-2011, I co-produced the local Clear Creek Film Festival featuring film/video projects “focused on but not limited to natural and sustainable living, Appalachian storytelling, Appalachian youth culture, global awareness/human rights, and any films created or produced by local media artists.” I was invited to serve as a jury member at the 2013 Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos (International Human Rights Film Festival) in Sucre, Bolivia. In summer 2014, I volunteered as an Assistant Media Teacher for Camp Steele at High Rocks Educational Corporation in West Virginia, and in the summers of 2015 and 2016, I served as the lead Media Teacher as staff for the same program. For the past three summers, I have also spent time visiting and volunteering with the Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Most recently, I participated in a month-long Fall Youth Theater Lab that was a collaborative theater workshop facilitated by AMI and Roadside Theater and resulted in an original short play that was publicly performed for a community audience.

Graduate Training
  • Human Subjects Research (HSR) Course, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), 2015.
    • Students in Research Module, 2015.
    • Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Module, 2016.
    • Introduction to Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) Module, 2016.
    • Ethical and Practical Considerations in Community-Engaged Research Module, 2016.
    • Advanced Issues in Informed Consent Module, 2016.
  • Social & Behaviorial Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course, CITI Program, 2015.
  • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course, CITI Program, 2016.
    • Research, Ethics, & Society Module, 2016.
  • Information Privacy and Security (IPS) Course, CITI Program, 2015.
  • Introduction to Social Network Analysis (SNA), University of Kentucky LINKS Center Workshop, 2016.
  • Spanish immersion program, El Sol Escuela de Español, Lima, Perú, 2013.
  • Various professional development workshops for Teaching Assistants, University of Kentucky Graduate School, 2012-2015.
Selected Publications: 

Peer-Reviewed

Reedy, Timi, and Tammy Clemons

2016 Audiovisualizing Family History: An Authoethnography of a Digital Documentary. Visual Ethnography 5(2): 79-105.

Clemons, Tammy L.

2014 Film Review of "Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story." Journal of Appalachian Studies. 20(1):91-93.

Public Scholarship

“Ain’t No Place Like Home: Appalachia, Anthropology, and Autoethnography,” anthropologies: A Collaborative Online Project, Issue 8, November 2011 (http://www.anthropologiesproject.org/2011/11/aint-no-place-like-home-appalachia.html).

“Feminism in Herland: A Feminist Utopian Vision of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” Domestic Goddesses (An On-line Journal on the Writing of “Scribbling Women”), http://www.womenwriters.net/domesticgoddess/pdf/clemons.pdf, Fall 1998.

Newsletters, Magazines, & Blogs

"Exploring Mountains with Multisensory Methods: Sensory Postcards of Appalachia & the Andes," AnthroBone in the Field, 30 October 2016 (https://anthroboneinthefield.blogspot.com/2016/10/exploring-mountains-with-multisensory.html).

"Growing Across Appalachia: KY2WV and Home Again," with Timi Reedy, Grow Appalachia Blog, 29 September 2015 (http://growappalachia.berea.edu/2015/09/29/learning-from-each-other/). 

“MERJ and More: Local Farms and Food,” The Sustainable Campus: Newsletter of the Berea College Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program, p. 4, Winter 2007 (http://www.berea.edu/sens/files/2012/03/Winter-07.pdf).

“Making Campus Sustainability ‘ESE’,” with Michael Hilterbrand, The Sustainable Campus: Newsletter of the Berea College Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program, pp. 6-7, May 2006 (http://www.berea.edu/sens/files/2012/03/May-06.pdf).

“Campus Steering Committee Explores Sustainable Food Network at Berea,” The Sustainable Campus: Newsletter of the Berea College Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program, August 2005 (http://www.berea.edu/sens/files/2012/05/August-05.pdf).

“Grass-roots Group ‘Works’ for Local Sustainability,” LILIPOH: The Spirit in Life, Vol. 8, No. 34 (Winter 2003), p. 54.

“Letter to the Editor: Not Your Mother’s Garden Party,” Natural Home Magazine, (November/December 2003) pp. 10-11.

Selected Awards & Honors
  • 2017 Kentucky Oral History Commission Project Grant
  • 2017 Berea College Olive Ruth Russell Fellowship
  • 2017 University of Kentucky James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia
  • 2017 University of Kentucky Woman's Club Endowed Fellowship
  • 2016 University of Kentucky James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia
  • 2016 University of Kentucky Association of Emeriti Faculty Endowed Fellowship
  • 2015 University of Kentucky Eller/Billings Summer Research Mini-Grant
  • 2014 University of Kentucky James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia
  • 2013 University of Kentucky Susan Abbot-Jamieson Pre-Dissertation Research Fund Award
  • 2013 University of Kentucky O’Dear Award for Graduate Student Research in Latin America
  • 2010 Kentucky Historical Society Family Research Fellowship
  • 2010 Alternate ROOTS Artistic Assistance Grant
  • 2009 Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant
  • 2009 Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship
  • 2004 Berea College Faculty Fellowship in Service-Learning
  • 1999 Kentucky Student Employee of the Year
  • 1999 Berea College Student Employee of the Year
  • 1999 Berea College Paul Vernon Kreider, Jr. Book Award
  • 1999 Berea College Dr. William Taylor Center Memorial Award
  • 1999 Berea College Weatherford-Hammond Appalachian Prize
  • 1999 Berea College Eva Nell Whitaker Alley Award
  • 1999 Berea College Hutchinson Fund Grant
  • 1998 Berea College Women’s Studies Departmental Labor Award
  • 1994 Kentucky Colonel
  • 1991 Vassar Book Award
  • 1991 Sandy B. Nininger Award (Key Club)
  • 1991 Key Club Scholarship
  • 1991 Rotary Club Foreign Language Award
  • 1991 Spanish National Honor Society
  • 1991 Beta Club
  • 1990 Montgomery County High School Salute to Excellence
  • 1990 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar
  • 1990 Kentucky Girls State
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