Originally from North Carolina, Kelly currently resides in her new hometown of Memphis, TN. She is pursuing her M.A. in Southern Studies and holds a B.F.A. in Photography from SCAD. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a pastry chef at multiple James-Beard nominated restaurants, such as The Grey, Coquette, and Compere Lapin. These experiences sparked her current research, which focuses on baking and pastry within southern foodways, and gender within the domestic and professional kitchen spaces.

Areas of Focus: Baking, oral history, gender studies, labor history