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Jennifer Lynn Kelly
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Feminist Studies Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
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  • Email
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  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 439
  • Office Hours On Research Leave 2019-2020
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, American Studies, Colonialism, Middle East Studies
  • Courses FMST/CRES 218: Militarism and Tourism, FMST 145: Racial and Gender Formations (Spring 2019), FMST 194/CRES 190: Touring War and Empire

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 and 2019-2020 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

University of California President's Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) (2019-2020)

Palestinian American Research Center Field-Based Research Fellowship (PARC) (2019-2020)

Short-Term Collaborative Research Residency Grant (with Camilla Hawthorne), University of California Humanities Research Institute (2019-2020)

New Faculty Research Grant, Committee on Research, University of California, Santa Cruz (2018-2019)

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)

Palestinian American Research Center Field-Based Research Fellowship (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.

“Technologies of Empire and the Rejection of Warfare’s Refrains,” Review of Inderpal Grewal’s Saving the Security State (2017), Caren Kaplan’s Aerial Aftermaths (2018), Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan’s edited volume Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (2017), and Jennifer Terry’s Attachments to War (2017), Radical History Review, Special Issue: Militarism and Capitalism, ed.s Simeon Mann, A. Naomi Paik, and Melina Pappademos, Issue 133 (January 2019): 163-176.