Professor Alessandro Perissinotto: “Primo Levi’s ‘Argon’ & the Jews of Piedmont: about a noble working class”

Education, News Writing, Published

The following was published on January 30, 2018 on Read it here

At the University of Denver, Professor Alessandro Perissinotto gave a guest lecture on Jan. 24 regarding a chapter in Primo Levi’s notable work, “The Periodic Table.”

Perissinotto spoke of complex issues such as identity formation, the effect of crises on the human condition, and the theme of work throughout Levi’s and his own novels.

The Gathering: A Symbiotic Relationship of Mormonism and Utah

Academic, Anthropology, Religious Studies

The establishment of place has been the defining element of Mormonism throughout its creation, development, struggles, and successes. The birth of Mormonism within the American landscape emerged with the aid of the right prophet—Joseph Smith—and with the right theological foundation and backstory to attract the attentions of those disenfranchised with the available religions of the time[1].

Growing tensions between Federal and state law regarding the cannabis industry

Culture, News Writing, Published

The following was published on January 24, 2018 on Read it here

With Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to rescind the Cole memo on January 4th, Colorado politicians across the political spectrum have stood up in defense of states’ rights. The Cole memo essentially set guidelines for federal prosecutors regarding marijuana laws and reflected the Obama Administration’s relatively lax policy laws of states’ regulation, production, and distribution of marijuana.

Instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Rebel Factions and Neopatrimonialism

Academic, Political Science


I. Introduction

In assessing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (hereafter, DRC) and the effectiveness of its governance, a multitude of factors intersect in mosaic fashion, displaying an unstable and decaying state[1]. The scope of this paper will focus primarily on the relationship between the ethno-political factions and the neopatrimonial authority in the DRC and how the interaction of the two has led to the continuation of the DRC’s failing government and issues specifically within its electoral process.

The Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian Democracy

Academic, Political Science, Published

The following has been published on The New Polis in a two-part installment. The first installment can be found here. The second installment can be found here

  1. Introduction

Within the past century, Egypt has experienced extreme fluctuations within its society and has been characterized by outside domination, conflicting demands for the identity of itself as a nation-state, and economic dependency on external superpowers[1]. Due to the tumultuousness of Egypt’s framework, various religious movements and political parties arose as a response to Egypt’s desire for independence[2]. Of these responses, the Muslim Brotherhood has served to satisfy the religious demands of the nation, while simultaneously contributing to the establishment of a new Egyptian democracy. Despite—and due to the—conflicting perspectives on the Muslim Brotherhood, its role within the Egyptian landscape has not only been necessary, but has geared Egypt toward a democratic process unique to its people, culture, and time.

Possessed: The Role of the Yogini in Tantra Practices

Academic, Religious Studies

Early Hindu Tantra was intertwined with yogini worship and possession, beginning as early as the 6th century CE (White, “Origins”). The evolution of what we now term “Tantra” coincided with an evolution of the yogini “cult”; while both “Tantra” and the yogini cult are amorphous terms for a series of complex practices, rites, and doctrines (in the case of Tantra) and a variety of groupings of female deities (in the case of the Yogini cults), the intersection of the two created a specific role for the yogini as a “messenger” within the hierarchy of transcendental beings and humans. In understanding a brief evolution of Tantra and of yogini goddesses, features of the goddesses, and Tantra’s specific creation of identity, one can better understand the role of the yogini.



Kara Roberts
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University of Denver
Sept 2016 – Present
Flexible Dual Degree Master’s Student
Religious Studies, M.A.; International & Intercultural Communication, M.A.
GPA: 3.96

University of California, Berkeley
Jan 2013-Dec 2014
High Honors in Anthropology, B.A.
Psychology, B.A.
GPA: 3.72
Honors Thesis: Still Exploring: An Ethnographic Look at the Berkeley Zen Center and its Wednesday Night Drop-in Group
Mentors: Professor Hirschkind, Professor Ronis

San Francisco State University
Aug 2010-May 2012
Major: Psychology, Minor: Anthropology
GPA: 3.75

Work Experience
Assistant Editor
Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and Religious Theory
March 2017 – Present
Denver, CO; University of Denver
Senior Editor: Carl Raschke

Teaching Assistant
Sept 2016 – March 2017
Denver, CO; University of Denver
Professors: Allison Schofield; Sandra Dixon

Internet Local Listings
Feb 2016-June 2016
Santa Ana, CA
Supervisor: Kristen Dillon
Full-time Content Writer

Cotton Basics
Sept 2014-June 2015
Berkeley, CA
Owner/Manager: Susan Ciochetto
Part-time Cashier/Sales Associate

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)
Sept 2013-May 2014
Berkeley, CA
Graduate Instructor: Jia Wei Zhang
Assistant for study conducted by Professor Dacher Keltner

Centerforce, Non-Profit
Jan 2013-May 2013
Oakland, CA
Executive Director: Carol F. Burton
Unpaid Intern

Every Dog Has Its Daycare Sept 2012-Dec 2012
Emeryville, CA
Manager: Mischa Kubancik (510) 655-7832
Part-time Dog Handler

Big 5 Sporting Goods Feb 2011-May 2012
San Francisco, CA
Manager: Tim Alfredson (415) 681-4593
Part-time Cashier/Sales Associate

Certificates & Awards
Golden Key International Honour Society
University of Denver: October 11, 2017

Golden Key International Honour Society
University of California, Berkeley: April 11, 2015

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
1. Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Curriculum, completed 10/6/13
2. Human Research Curriculum, completed 10/5/13

Interests & Skills
Writing and copywriting; journalism; editing; fact-checking; researching; Adobe Premiere; Adobe Acrobat; WordPress; Microsoft Office, Word & Excel; PowerPoint; DropBox; poetry; reading; traveling; religious studies and anthropology