Emily Amedée

Graduate Teaching Assistant Ph.D. Student


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Graduate Teaching Assistant Ph.D. Student
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • M.A., University of Denver - Conflict Resolution
    • B.A., Colorado State University - Communication Studies
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Social justice and an insatiable hunger for elevating the quality of the conversations around me are the central animating features to all that do. My interests lie in collaborative research and how communication methods can enhance or inhibit civic engagement. My scholarship investigates the intersection of kairos, institutional memory, and identity construction of women in place, broadly, and women's sense of belonging in higher education, specifically.

I hold an M.A. from the University of Denver in Conflict Resolution and received my B.A. in Communication Studies, along with a minor in Environmental Horticulture, from CSU. I am a first generation college student, a Graduate Research Assistant with the Office of the Provost, and a 2018-2020 Fellow with the Academy for Systems Change. In a former life, I worked and lived abroad in an organizational development capacity for a large steel manufacturer in the Czech Republic. This time greatly influenced my sense of place in this world and kindled a deep desire to find self in connection with others.

When not trying to make the world more vibrant, I am chasing waves, gardening, finding magic in the mundane, and riding my bike around town.

*Self-expression and self-identification are professional and personal values of mine. One way to practice these values is to share gender pronouns. My name is Emily and I use she/her pronouns.

First Generation Story

I was raised by a musician and a massage therapist, neither of whom went to college or pushed it on our family. I dropped out of college after my freshman year out of lack of interest, guidance, and fear of taking on more student debt. I chose to live and work abroad for several years and I attribute my time learning another language and exploring other cultures, jobs, and interests to what ultimately led me back to school.