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Interdisciplinary Studies Social Sciences
Psychology 269
(509) 963-1804

Kevin Feeney, IDS Director and Lecturer

Kevin Feeney PhotoEducation:
Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Washington State Univ. 2016
J.D. University of Oregon School of Law, 2005
B.A. Law & Diversity, Fairhaven College at Western Washington Univ. 2001

Office: PSY 269
Phone: 509-899-0021



Interests & Expertise:
Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Ethnobotany/Ethnomycology, Gender & Law, Critical Race Theory, Religion & Free Exercise Jurisprudence

Courses Taught:

IDS 289 – Introduction to the Major

IDS 323 – Dangerous Women: Mad, Bad, or Misunderstood

IDS 357 – Race, Drugs, & Prohibition in the U.S.

IDS 363 – The Simpsons: Social Institutions & National Community

IDS 369 – Living Voice of America: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Indigenous Women in the U.S.

IDS 389 – Academic & Career Exploration

IDS 489 – Senior Portfolio



I began teaching Anthropology at CWU in the fall of 2015 before joining Interdisciplinary Studies – Social Sciences as a Program Director and Lecturer in 2018, where I teach a variety of classes, including “Dangerous Women” (IDS 323) and “Race, Drugs & Prohibition in the U.S.” (IDS 357). I am a Portland native but consider myself more broadly as a North-Westerner, having resided in either Washington or Oregon for most of my life. Professionally, I have trained both as an anthropologist and a lawyer, and have also worked in a variety of social service settings, including work with homeless populations, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and in treatment settings with people addressing issues of substance abuse and/or dependence.


Selected Publications:

Feeney, K. (2018). Texas Peyote Culture. Cactus & Succulent Journal 90(1): 29-38.


Feeney, K., Labate, B. C., & J. H. Hudson (2018). Bubbling with Controversy: Legal Challenges for Ceremonial Ayahuasca Circles in the U.S. In B. C. Labate & C. Cavnar (Eds.), Plant Medicines, Healing and Psychedelic Science: Cultural Perspectives (pp. 87-111). New York: Springer.


Feeney, K. (2017). Peyote as Commodity: An Examination of Market Actors and Access Mechanisms. Human Organization 76(1): 59-72.


Feeney, K. (2014). Peyote as Medicine: An Examination of Therapeutic Factors that Contribute to Healing. Curare 37(3): 195-211.


Lepofsky, D., & Feeney, K. (2013). Ten Principles of Ethnobiology: An Interview with Amadeo Rea. In M. Quinlan & D. Lepofsky (Eds.), Explorations in Ethnobiology: The Legacy of Amadeo Rea (pp. 44-59). Denton, TX: Society of Ethnobiology.


Labate, B. C., & Feeney, K. (2012). Ayahuasca and the Process of Regulation in Brazil and Internationally: Implications and Challenges. International Journal of Drug Policy 23: 154-161.


Feeney, K. (2010). Revisiting Wasson’s Soma: Exploring the Effects of Preparation on the Chemistry of Amanita muscaria. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 42(4): 499-506.

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