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Comstock, Cathy Senior Instructor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Dr. Comstock's research has most recently focused on mindfulness theory and practice and contemplative pedagogy, especially in regard to student well-being and the cognitive practices most likely to enhance that. Special research interests are also the promotion of nonviolence and sustainability. Her published work uses the tools of literary critical theory to analyze the construction of meaning in texts, both literary and cultural, and the implications for the disruption and revision of influential hierarchies within a culture. An important emphasis of her work is the use of nonviolent theory both in communication and in analysis of cultural dynamics and possibilities.


  • Student well-being, mindfulness theory and practice, critical theory, cultural analysis, social entrepreneurship and innovation, contemplative pedagogy, nonviolence, nonviolent communication, literary criticism


courses taught

  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • HUMN 4835 - Literature and Social Violence
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides a theoretical understanding of heightened awareness arising from literary and sociological investigations of contemporary sources of social violence (gang culture, racism, domestic violence), combined with the concrete knowledge offered by an internship in a social service agency. Optional internship credit is available.