Journalism & Academia

2022: I’m grateful to have a funded PhD candidature in Art & Health at the University of Tasmania. Looking forward to this journey!

2020 – 2021:

We’ve moved internationally, and now reside in Tasmania.

I continue to write for The Lancet; take a look at my “Criticism” page to see the list of over 80 reviews and essays I’ve written for them thus far.

I’ve published a piece, “Stitches as Mending, Stitches as Healing,” in the Medical Humanities journal, Hektoen International.


Invited to contribute new poems to the Polish Journal of Aesthetics’ special edition on pain, available to read here.

I’ve been asked by Blackwell’s Bookshop to write an introduction to a new edition of Max Beerbohm’s Oxford satire, Zuleika Dobson, available here.

Co-author, chapter, ‘Art as Disruption in Global Health Humanities’ in Teaching Health Humanities, ed. Olivia Banner, Nathan Carlan, Thomas Cole, Oxford University Press 2019.

I wrote about teaching creative writing workshops using museum objects, which I call ‘Object Lessons,’ here.


In further work at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, I took opportunities for access training. This included RNIB training in sighted guiding techniques, allowing me the opportunity to take blind visitors around the Museum. I undertook Audio Description training, a particular way to describe objects and displays, as well as architectural space, to guests with vision difficulties. I also trained as a Dementia Friend.

I was invited to work with Susan Griffiths, (@MuseumsOutreach) and Headway (@HeadwayOxford,) a charity supporting people with brain damage. Together with groups from Headway, we facilitated “My Brain Diaries”, an art-and-word-based project drawing on visual ideas from phrenology and concrete poetry, which was displayed in the Museum’s Community Case in November 2017.

Co-author, chapter, ‘Art as Disruption in Global Health Humanities’ in Teaching Health Humanities, ed. Olivia Banner, Nathan Carlan, Thomas Cole, forthcoming, Oxford University Press.

Co-author, poster, ‘Teaching the Ethical Conduct of Global Health Research through Archived Grey Literature’, Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference (ETHOX,) July 2017.

Artist-in-residence at Duke University’s Health Humanities Laboratory
Co-author, ‘Global Health Humanities: Defining an Emerging Field‘ w/Prof Karrie Stewart
Co-led inaugural event and gave a speech for launch of Health Humanities Lab

Keynote speaker, Randolph College Symposium of Artists and Scholars,
and weeklong guest lecturer

2012 – 2014:
Guest lecturer at Imperial College London
Developed & taught Humanities in Global Health, seminar series within Global Health BSc
See some of my blog posts about this teaching: herehere and here


Kelley holds an MSc in Medical Humanities from King’s College London (2015). Her dissertation, on hybrids and Chimeras in art history, concentrated on the work of sculptor Eleanor Crook, with whom she continues to collaborate.

Previously, she took Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in English and Creative Writing from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia (2007,) and studied the history of cetology in relation to Moby-Dick at the Munson Institute for Maritime Studies (summer 2007).

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