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Dr Kelly’s research focuses on the complicated relationship between labour relations and race antagonism in US history, with a special focus on the post-emancipation US South. This research has particular relevance to discussions around the enduring salience of race and inequality in the modern United States and the wider Atlantic world. He is currently developing collaborative links with scholars in Brazil, with the aim of launching a comparative study or the aftermath of slavery in diverse plantation societies.

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Dr Kelly is open to PhD applications in the fields of; 

  • 19th and 20thc. African American history
  • US labour and social history
  • History of the American Left
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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice 



Research students

PhD Title: Contraband Camps and African American Politics, 1860-1866

Name: Laura Gillespie
Years of Study: 1
Country: Ireland

PhD Title: Race, Gender and Civil Rights: African American Women and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Name: Samantha Gowdy
Years of Study: 2 (PT)


PhD Title: The Forgotten Tycoon: James McHenry, The Atlantic and Great Western Railroad, and the Gilded Age of Robber Barons (1858-91)

Name: Barry Henderson
Years of Study: 2 (PT)

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