scholar, writer, grower
Suzanne Kelly, Ph.D. is a writer and independent scholar whose work spans the topics of the environment, feminism, sex and death. For over a decade she was a professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies teaching courses at the intersections of the body, sex and popular culture. Her work has appeared in a range of publications including Salon.com, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Chronicle of Higher Education, GreenBiz and Newsday. Her most recent book, Greening Death–Reclaiming Burial Practices and Restoring Our Tie to the Earth (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) looks at the burgeoning green burial movement in the U.S. arguing that beyond greener, simpler, and more cost-efficient practices lies an even greater promise – restoring our relationship to nature. A fellow green burial advocate, she chaired the committee to form the 2nd municipally operated green burial ground in New York State. She also serves on the advisory council for the Green Burial Council (GBC) a not-for-profit organization that sets standards for green burial providers. In 2015, she was the recipient of the GBC’s Leadership Award, recognized for her “demonstrated foresight, innovation, and extroardinary commitment to the environment through sustainability and attainability in the area of human death care practices.” She writes and farms in New York's Hudson Valley.