Kelly is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History. She specializes in 20th century American art and its intersections with queer, feminist and counter-cultural histories. She has written on a range of topics from Lynda Benglis’s poured polyurethane sculptures to the role of the occult and ritual in postwar artistic practice. She is also interested in the politics and ethics of representation in contemporary American culture. Prior to attending Stanford, she received a B.F.A. in printmaking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Riverside.