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Jennifer Lynn Kelly
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Feminist Studies Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 239
  • Office Hours Office Hours by Appointment
  • Mail Stop Feminist Studies
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Colonialism, Middle East Studies, Cultural Studies, American Studies, Foreign Policy, Social Justice

Biography, Education and Training


I received my Ph.D. in American Studies with a Portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies from University of Texas at Austin, where I trained in transnational American studies, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, and comparative colonialisms. My research broadly engages questions of settler colonialism, U.S. empire, and the fraught politics of both tourism and solidarity. I am currently completing the manuscript for my first book, Invited to Witness: Solidarity Tourism Across Occupied Palestine, a multi-sited ethnographic study of solidarity tourism in Palestine that draws from research I completed as a 2012-2013 Palestinian American Research Center Fellow. In Invited to Witness, I argue that solidarity tourism in Palestine functions as a localized political strategy, and an emergent industry, through which Palestinian organizers refashion conventional tourism to the region by extending deliberately truncated invitations to international tourists to come to Palestine and witness the effects of Israeli state practice on Palestinian land and lives. Taking as my subject a phenomenon that is too often relegated to one side of a “good tourism/bad tourism” binary, I instead analyze the complex ways in which solidarity tourism has emerged in Palestine as an organizing strategy that is both embedded in and working against histories of sustained displacement.



Honors, Awards and Grants

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017-2018)

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego (2015-2017)

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2014-2015)

Field-Based Research Fellowship, Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) (2012-2013)


Selected Publications

“Asymmetrical Itineraries: Militarism, Tourism, and Solidarity in Occupied Palestine,” American Quarterly, Special Issue: Tours of Duty/Tours of Leisure, eds. Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, Jana K. Lipman, and Teresia Teaiwa, Volume 68, Issue 3 (September 2016): 723-745.

“Locating Palestine within American Studies: Transitory Field Sites and Borrowed Methods,” Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities: Methods, Reflections, and Approaches to the Global South, eds. Shalini Puri and Debra Castillo (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016): 97-110.