Kelsey earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2015 with High Honors in American Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her work follows the legacies of nineteenth-century scientific metrics of human development and racial difference, metrics forged in the crucible of racial slavery, in histories of twentieth-century developmental science and biomedicine. She historicizes the production of developmental technologies and norms that are often perceived as race-neutral, like pediatric growth charts and developmental screening tests, interrogating the racial premises and parameters of developmental knowledge production and its material effects on black life. Kelsey earned an MA in the Program on the History of Science and Medicine at Yale and is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies en route to her PhD in American Studies. Her work is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Yale's Intersectional, Queer, and Trans Materialisms Initiative, and she has previously received support from the Dean’s Emerging Scholars Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. She is actively engaged in disability studies programming and disability justice initiatives at Yale and beyond, as a co-organizer of Yale's Disability Studies Working Group, the Assistant Editor of Disability Studies Quarterly, and a resident podcaster for the Disability History Association.
Critical Black Studies, History of Science and Medicine, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Disability Studies, Gender & Sexuality, Age and Aging, Growth and Development