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Kelsey Smoot


Research Interests: Queer Studies, Race/Racism, Cultural Studies, Social Movements


Kelsey (they/them/theirs) is a PhD candidate in American Studies. Their work explores the process of identity formation, at the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality. Kelsey seeks to illuminate the experiences of Black queer folks, navigating the contemporary US sociopolitical landscape.

Kelsey is also a poet, a writer of lyric fiction, and other musings. If you’re interested in reading some of their writings, explore the links below:


M.A. University of Miami, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (2016)

B.A. University of California Davis, Sociology with a Minor in African and African American Studies (2014)