Kelly Brotzman Visiting Assistant Professor

Kelly Brotzman

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Kelly Brotzman graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1995.  She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and then went on to earn her MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago, where she studied religious and philosophical ethics.  She taught in the PULSE Program at Boston College from 2002-2008, where she was immersed in the pedagogy and practice of service learning.  Prior to returning to W&L in 2014, Kelly was the Director of the Office of Community Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship at Loyola University New Orleans, re-launching that school’s service learning program after Katrina and building it into a nationally-recognized, full-service community engagement office.  Her research interests are focused on social justice, university-community partnerships, and the role of experience in ethical analysis and moral deliberation.


BA, English and Religion, Washington and Lee University, 1995 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
MA, Ethics, University of Chicago, 1998
PhD, Ethics, University of Chicago, 2013


Theory and practice of social justice
Experiential learning
Prisons, carcerality and criminal justice
University-community engagement
Ethical theory



POV 101, Introduction to Poverty and Human Capability Studies
POV 102, Fieldwork in Poverty Studies
POV 423, Poverty: A Research Seminar (senior capstone)
POV 296, Special Topics in Poverty Studies: Incarceration and Inequality (spring term)
POV 296, Special Topics in Poverty Studies: Freedom and Unfreedom (spring term)