Kelsey is a second year Ph.D student in the History and Renaissance Studies departments, focusing on religious history in the 17th-century British Empire. Her current research explores early constructions of national identity in relation to religion. More specifically, she studies how Catholics attempted to carve out physical, intellectual, textual and theological spaces within the British Empire that allowed them to balance their religious and national identities.
Prior to coming to Yale, Kelsey earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in English and French Literature where she worked, among other things, on press censorship in Early Modern England and France.