Jacob Sherman Kimberly Carfore

PhD Student
Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

Kimberly Carfore was born in Port Huron, Michigan. Before moving to the Bay Area for graduate school she lived a fairly nomadic life connecting with and exploring the people and lands of Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, and India. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Kimberly also received her M.A. from CIIS in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Religion and Ecology Unit as well as the Student Representative for the American Academy of Religion, Western Region.

Kimberly's research includes ecofeminism, deconstruction, feminist theory, environmental humanities, and wilderness. She is a published poet. Her academic publications include two articles, "Ecopsychology without Nature-Culture Dualism," published in Ecopsychology, and "Planetary Love: Ecofeminist Perspectives on Globalization," in Worldviews: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, and two book chapter: "The Paradox of Homecoming: Home is Where the Haunt Is," in the book Resisting the Place of Belonging: Uncanny Homecomings in Religion, Narrative & the Arts and "Doing Theology with Snakes: Face-to-Face with the Wholly Other," in the forthcoming anthology Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically with a More-Than-Human World.

Papers that she has presented at conferences include, "Feasting Well: Eating, Being Edible, and Playing with Derrida," "Specters of Ecology: A Deconstructive Interpretation of Hungry Ghosts," "Post-Secular Justice and the Ghosts of Big History," "Of Strange Strangers: Interconnected Others in Religion and Ecology," and "Fire and Evolution: Teilhard and Transformation." She has also led a panel on "Othering" in the Ecofeminism track at the conference Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization.

Her dissertation topic is retrieving the impicit wisdom in nature. Kim teaches nature immersion at the University of San Francisco.

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