Dr Anna Kelley

Dr Anna Kelley

Research Fellow in Early Medieval History

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I received my BA from Wesleyan University with a double major in Archaeology and English Literature in 2008. After working in the private sector for several years, I received a MA in Archaeology and Art History at the School or Oriental and African Studies, University of London, followed by a MLitt in Art History and Art Business Practice at the University of Glasgow through Christie's Auction House. I then began my PhD at the University of Birmingham's Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies where I examined the presence of exchange networks in Africa and the Middle East through the diffusion of cotton as a commodity in Late Antiquity. During the final year of my PhD I held a year-long Scouloudi Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London. I was then accepted as a Junior Research Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections in Washington, DC. I am currently a Research Fellow on the British Academy funded project Identifying the Blocks that Build Global History in the Middle Ages.

My core research interests are in exchange networks in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (particularly in Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, and Middle East), changes in production processes, gender and labour organisation, and the material culture of non-elites. In addition to the economy of the Late Antique and medieval periods, I am also interested in how advances in physical and chemical analysis of archaeological materials can advance our understanding of the past.

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