Ph.D. Candidate, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
Originally from Detroit, MI., Kelli Morgan earned her B.A. in Africana Studies at Wayne State University in 2006. With profound interests in African American conceptualizations of self-image, Kelli is a doctoral candidate in the W.E.B. Du Bois Dept. of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As an analyst of visual imagery, she examines the ways in which people construct visual discourses, conceptualize images, and sometimes resist these discourses. Her interdisciplinary research concentrates on African American visual culture, linking Art History, Women’s Studies, African American History, and Museum Studies to analyze the complex ways that Black women artists visualize, represent, and reappropriate images of minority women to challenge mainstream visual discourses concerning beauty and sexuality. Kelli is committed to creating stimulating and culturally sensitive educational opportunities for students and public audiences alike through innovative uses of minority-produced visual culture and the museum gallery. A 2014-2015 Ford Dissertation fellow and formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in African American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Kelli is currently the Winston & Carolyn Lowe Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.