Kenton Bell
Undergraduate ResearcherSociology and Anthropology

About Kenton Bell

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I am completing a double major in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of North Carolina Asheville. During the last three semesters, I have concentrated on violence against women (VAW) from multiple perspectives. My curiosity about VAW led me to intern at Helpmate, a domestic violence shelter and community outreach agency in Asheville, NC. I also interned at Pisgah Legal Services, a free legal aid agency as part of their Mountain Violence Prevention Project (MVPP) and Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Project. Additionally, through exchanges with and support from departmental professors, I have discovered an outlet for my life-long love of language. I am the editor of an online Sociology dictionary, available at SociologyDictionary.org

My intention after graduating is to enroll in a Sociology Ph.D. program. I want to focus my research on solutions-oriented approaches to VAW. My professional objectives are to become a professor of Sociology specializing in Law and Society, VAW, Masculinity, and Deviant Behavior.


 

Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION

University of North Carolina Asheville

Expected graduation May 2013

Double Major in Sociology and Anthropology – 3.98/4.0 GPA
American Sociological Association’s Honors Program
Alpha Kappa Delta’s Honor Society
Chancellor’s List
University Research Scholar (completed, pending graduation)
Community Engaged Scholar (completed, pending graduation)

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

2010

Associate of Arts – 3.93/4.0 GPA

 

INTERN AND VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Helpmate: Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence (DV/IPV) Shelter and Outreach Agency

March 2012 — Present: Asheville, NC

• Support staff in various capacities including community outreach, administrative assistance, building maintenance, technological support, and logistical issues related to client housing.
• Provide safe transportation to the courthouse for restraining order hearings and support during the proceedings.

Pisgah Legal Services: Mountain Violence Prevention Project

November 2012 — August 2013: Asheville, NC

• Provided administrative support for lawyers and court advocates.
• Assisted clients in court proceedings that feel threatened by the presence of their abusers. Pisgah Legal Services and Helpmate often work in concert.

Pisgah Legal Services: Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Program

January 2012 — January 2013: Asheville, NC

• Facilitated case management between Pisgah Legal and community lawyers in over eight counties who provide pro bono services to low income individuals.
• Gained practical knowledge of the legal system from the first call of inquiry to the final court decision.

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community” 2013. Proceedings of the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium.

“Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community” 2013. UNC Asheville Journal of Undergraduate Research.

“Male Advocacy at a Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Shelter: Helpmate – A Pilot Study” 2013. Metamorphosis – Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

“Male Advocacy at a Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Shelter: Helpmate – A Pilot Study” 2013. UNC Asheville Journal of Undergraduate Research. (accepted, pending publication)

“Systematic Review of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Post-2000 CE Statistics for Helpmate” 2013. Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects.

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

 

Helpmate, a Women’s Shelter and Outreach Agency: Lived Experiences With Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Advocacy” American Anthropological Association 2013 Annual Meeting “Future Publics, Current Engagements” -  Protective States: Ethnographies of Violence and Outreach in North and South America. Chicago, IL. November, 2013.

“Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community” American Sociological Association’s Honors Program, American Sociological Association 2013 Annual Meeting “Interrogating Inequality: Linking Micro and Macro. New York, NY. August, 2013.

“Male Advocacy at a Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Shelter: Helpmate – A Pilot Study” Annual Spring Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creativity. UNC Asheville – Asheville, NC. April, 2013.

“Male Advocacy at a Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Shelter: Helpmate – A Pilot Study” Council on Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). University of Virginia, Wise – Virginia. April, 2013.

“Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community” Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium. Highpoint, NC. April, 2013.

“Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community” The Southern Anthropological Society’s 48th Annual Meeting “The Culture of Healing”. Johnson City, TN. March, 2013.

 

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

“Systematic Review of Domestic Violence Statistics 2000-2012” Annual Spring Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creativity. UNC Asheville. April, 2013.

 

DISCUSSANT

Service Learning Session for Pre-Rendezblue. August, 2013.

Individual in the Contemporary World.  July, 2013.

Healthy Relationship Panel Discussion. February, 2013.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Inside the Hidden House of Healing – Visual Anthropology and a Domestic Violence Shelter

Helpmate, a domestic violence agency in Asheville, NC, operates a secure shelter in a hidden location, to protect its clients. Helpmate is a home and a fortress, created by professional and volunteer advocates to assist women and children in regaining their agency by moving past the  role of victim into the role of survivor. A collection of black-and-white photographs and stories depict the vibrant and mundane details of a liminal space that is equal parts counseling center, office building, children’s playground, and family room hidden concealed behind barricades and security cameras. By using visual anthropology to examine the inside of Helpmate, a narrative of healing, community, and heartbreak will emerge from the other side of the locked door.

Comparative Analysis of the Men as Allies in the Anti-Violence Against Women Movement

Through surveys and interviews, the professional and volunteer advocates at Helpmate, a domestic violence shelter in Asheville, NC, expressed different positions on the role of men asallies in the movement to end violence against women (VAW). The advocates expressed concernthat only a few males are involved in the anti-VAW movement and felt more participation from males is necessary for lasting change. However, some advocates were wary of men “taking over” the movement and others questioned the motivations of some men. In order to understand the complex role of men in VAW this study compares and contrasts the experiences of Helpmate’s advocates within the larger anti-VAW movement. This study seeks to illuminate methods to increase male involvement while addressing the concerns of the advocates.

Open Education Sociology Dictionary – SociologyDictionary.org

SociologyDictionary.org is a continually updated sociology dictionary based on a meta-analysis of introductory Sociology textbooks, created by curating and editing freely distributable public domain resources. Each term includes a definition, audio pronunciation clip, and links to related resources including books, articles, and videos. With a focus on accessibility, interoperability, and extensibility, the website is built using primarily open source software. A sociological experiment itself in the communalization and democratization of knowledge, the dictionary is released under a Creative Commons license as part of the Open Education movement. The intention is to create an entry level resource for Sociology students, enthusiasts, and the curious

COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community

The professional and volunteer advocates of Helpmate shared their lived experiences with DV/IPV advocacy through interviews and surveys. The advocates’ revealed how DV/IPV affected their own lives and intimated a collective mission to do what they could to heal their clients, the community, and often themselves. The resulting ethnographic analysis illustrated a diverse group of advocates with different motivations and identities, giving of themselves with time and talent, to cultivate a safe space for healing at Helpmate and in the broader community.

Systematic Review of Domestic Violence Statistics 2000-2012

Helpmate requested updated post-2000 DV/IPV statistics. Helpmate uses DV/IPV statistics as part of their mission “to eliminate abuse and fear” in the community through educational outreach, professional development, and for funding purposes. The resulting report created from 17 primary sources and 121 secondary sources was categorized and cross-referenced; it included an electronic copy of all sources, an executive summary, and usage notes.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

Alpha Kappa Delta’s Honors Society

American Sociological Association’s Honors Program

Community Engaged Scholar (completed, pending graduation)

University Research Scholar (completed, pending graduation)

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Bill and Elizabeth Belz Scholarship (UNC Asheville)

Coleman Scholarship (UNC Asheville)

R.A. Clement Scholarship (RCCC)

 

GRANTS

Departmental Grant:

Assistance to attend the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting “Interrogating Inequality: Linking Micro and Macro. August, 2013.

Presentation Grant:

Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium. April, 2013.

Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)’s Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference. April, 2013.

Research Grant:

Competitive Summer Research Grant from the Undergraduate Research Program at UNC Asheville to investigate the role of males in preventing VAW from the applied sociological and anthropological perspective. April, 2013.

Travel Grant:

American Anthropological Association 2013 Annual Meeting “Future Publics, Current Engagements.” November, 2013.

American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting “Interrogating Inequality: Linking Micro and Macro. August, 2013.

The Southern Anthropological Society’s 48th Annual Meeting. March, 2013.

MEMBERSHIPS

American Anthropological Association

American Sociological Association

Southern Anthropological Society

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Healthy Masculinity Training Institute, Men Can Stop Rape. Washington, D.C. July, 2013.

 


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