Ancient History Entry Year: 2014[email protected]
Kelly received her B.A. from Stanford University in 2012 where she double majored in Archaeology and Classics (honors, highest distinction). Kelly has also studied at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Fall 2010). Her honors thesis assessed the influence of the Roman imperial cult on social mobility in Asia Minor during the 1st-3rd centuries CE. Her past archaeological fieldwork experience has taken her to Turkey (Çatalhöyük), Jordan (ancient Gerasa), England (Binchester), Sicily (Salemi), and Sardinia (S'Urachi). This past summer (2015), Kelly also travelled throughout Greece to participate in “Visible Words: Research and Training in Digital Contextual Epigraphy," a workshop on digital epigraphy.
Stemming from her own background as a refugee, her research interests center on culture contact in the Roman Empire, particularly in regards to how migration—whether forced or voluntary—affected the lived experiences of subaltern groups. Kelly is interested in how identities, from the collective level to that of the individual, are (re)negotiated in relation to changing power dynamics. Kelly aims to design a research project that addresses the intersections between ancient immigration and citizenship, looking specifically at histories of migration catalyzed by displacement through war or other forceful factors. When Kelly is not trying to fuse her love of classical literature with classical archaeology, she can be found reading 19th and 20th century French novels, playing the piano, or attempting to replicate her mom's Vietnamese dishes.