Getting to Know Your SPA Professors: Kelly Hupfeld

Connecting with your professors can benefit you in the classroom and beyond.  Read this series to dive deeper into the minds of our professors and get answers to some fun and interesting questions. We asked professors to reflect on their career, advice for students, non-academic hobbies and interests.


Photo of Kelly HupfeldWhat do you know now that you wished you knew when you were entering grad school?

Following interests and opportunities in a flexible way is a perfectly fine way to end up with a meaningful career.

What is your favorite quote?

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  –Reinhold Niebuhr

If you were not a professor, what would you be?

Clinical psychologist, public policy analyst, independent scholar of religion and myth

What is your favorite non-academic reading/interests?

Wildly eclectic – nonfiction about topics like neuroscience, theoretical physics, religious studies, current culture; fiction ranging from literary fiction to high fantasy to chick lit.  I’m usually reading 3-5 books simultaneously, depending on my mood.

What was your first concert?

Jefferson Starship, pretty lame even by 80s standards.

Where have you lived outside of Colorado?

Born in Iowa, went to college at Washington University in St. Louis, went to law school at Northwestern in Chicago and practiced law there for about 10 years.

What gets you up every morning? What keeps you up at night? 

My cat pawing my face!



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