Kelsey is a scholar-practitioner at Boston College, where she is currently working on her PhD in English.

Scholarship and Teaching


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Kelsey specializes in film studies, focusing primarily on textual adaptation. Her dissertation, “Queer Alterity, Character, and Textual Adaptation,” explores processes of queer adaptation–representations that challenge or subvert heterosexual norms–through the lens of character. Her chapters focus on characters such as Lady Macbeth, Mycroft Holmes, and Alma Winemiller (from Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke).

For the first three years of her PhD, she worked as an early modernist, specializing in 16th-and 17th-century drama (particularly Shakespeare’s comedies and problem plays) and the history of female and queer sexuality.

Since 2016, Kelsey has taught writing and literature courses focused on adaptation, film, theatre, television, gender, and queer studies. Her teaching uses in-classroom performance and film adaptation to empower students to engage critically and creatively with course texts.

Creative Practice


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Kelsey is also an actor, writer, and filmmaker with training from the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Maine Media Workshops, and the Second City. As a scholar-practitioner, she seeks to trouble the boundaries between scholarly analysis and creative practice, primarily through short-form comedy scripts that explore challenges in queer female representation.

Educational Development and Instructional Design

Kelsey currently works as a learning technology assistant at BC’s Center for Teaching Excellence, where she provides consultations and workshops to help faculty better connect with their students through educational technology. She works with technologies for video communication (Zoom, Panopto) and collaborative annotation (Perusall) that help to facilitate authentic communication between instructors and students in virtual teaching spaces.