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Kelli is a curator and scholar of Black material culture. She is an African American Public Humanities Fellow and Colored Conventions Project Scholar. Her research centers needlework samplers made by Black American schoolgirls in the 18th and 19th centuries to understand the emergence of Black American girlhood identity, creativity, domesticity and the education of children of color in the United States. Besides her scholarly pursuits she also enjoys singing on her church choir, ashtanga vinyasa yoga, and dancing.
University of Delaware, M.A. in History & Museum Studies Certificate, 2018; University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Historic Preservation, 2005; Drexel University, B.S. in Interior Design, 2002
Black Girlhood Studies; African American Women's history; Material Culture Theory; History of Education for Children of Color; Museum Curatorship; Exhibit Design
Dr. Tanisha Ford