Kelsey is a doctoral candidate in the Religion in the Americas subfield with concentrations in African American and Latin American Studies. She entered the program in 2012. She focuses on European programs of conversion and the processes of spiritual change for African slaves and Native Americans during the colonial period in the Atlantic World. Her wider interests include African American religious and political thought, African Diaspora Studies, the African experience in Latin America and the role of religion in the development of individual and communal identities. Prior to entering the program in 2012, she received a B.A. in African & African- American Studies with a focus on Religion and Society from Stanford University with an honors thesis exploring the state of the Black Church and Liberation Theology in the post-Civil Rights Era.