Originally from North Carolina, Kelly Spivey has lived in Georgia, Louisiana, and currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds a BFA in photography from SCAD and spent ten years as a pastry chef in multiple award-winning restaurants prior to entering the Southern Studies program at the University of Mississippi. She earned her MA for her thesis “‘Raised in Their Mothers’ Kitchens’: The Southern Evolution of Domestic Science” in 2020. Her current research and writing focuses on baking within southern foodways and its intersection with labor, gender, and race in domestic and professional kitchen spaces.

Kelly will earn her M.F.A. in August of 2021.

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