Globalization/development/post-socialist transformation in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, gender and feminism studies, sociology of education, and politics of knowledge.
Kristy Kelly, PhD, is a sociologist specializing in the politics of knowledge, organizational change, education policy, sociology of gender, and Southeast Asia. She holds a full-time appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Global Education at Drexel University and is Associate Research Scholar with WEAI. Dr. Kelly has written on higher education, women and leadership, feminist mentoring, gender equality training, organizational learning, gender and corruption, and inclusive virtual conferencing. She edits the book series Education Research in Global Contexts (Emerald) and recently published Gender and Practice: Insights from the Field (Advances in Gender Research, Vol 27, Emerald), and Gender and Practice: Knowledge, Policy, Organizations (Advances in Gender Research, Vol 28, Emerald), both co-edited with Marcia Texler Segal and Vasilikie Demos. Her current book project is entitled Whatever Happened to Comrade? The Politics of Gender and Development in Vietnam which is a 25-year ethnography of gender mainstreaming policy in practice in Vietnam. Dr. Kelly consults on gender and development issues with the United Nations and non-government organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She served on the Expert Taskforce on Training for Gender Equality at UN Women and as an Expert Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming to UNDP Headquarters in New York City. She currently serves on the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Coalition Working Group on Gender and Corruption. She is also a founding member and past co-president of the Society of Gender Professionals, a network of feminist scholars, gender equality practitioners and activists working to raise the profile of gender expertise around the world.