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Rob Keeton

Grant Writer
Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Rob has over two decades of professional experience in public safety and in academia as an educator and researcher. Professionally, Rob is enthusiastic about working with community-based organizations and seeks to utilize their previous experience to help organizations succeed. During their tenure at Elevate, Rob has specialized in working alongside clients in a variety of areas including education and science research. In working with clients, Rob strives to translate their clients’ vision into dynamic and compelling grant narratives.

Rob graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a BS in Police Administration and a minor in Political Science. They also earned an MS degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University and a PhD in Sociology from The University of Tennessee with specializations in Criminology and Political Economy. Rob’s academic work focused on policing, political extremism, violence targeting minority groups, and narrative analysis. They are passionate about social justice issues especially the LGBTQ community. Rob is also an avid meteorite collector and hunter, and currently serves as Secretary of the Global Meteorite Association, of which they are a Founding Member.

In their private life, Rob stays busy with family, which includes two young boys and two dogs. They also enjoy watching baseball, spending time outdoors, and doing leather craft. Rob is especially passionate about music and is currently learning the guitar.

What is your hidden talent?

I'm able to build a strong rapport with a wide variety of people.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

A question mark because I’m always curious about the world and the phenomena around us.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Their/they’re/there or your/you’re. I also use the Oxford comma.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Listening to music, watching baseball, spending time outside.

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