Kenneth G Kelly

Research Professor of Anthropology, Courtesy Appointment

Contact Information

Curriculum Vitae
Kenneth G Kelly CV 2021


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1995


Historical Archaeology, African Diaspora, Slavery and Slave Trade

Personal Website


Dr. Kenneth Kelly is an anthropological archaeologist who studies the impacts of the slave trade on coastal African societies, and the ways enslaved people in the Caribbean endured the conditions of slavery.  In Africa, Dr. Kelly has directed excavation projects in Benin and Guinea, where they focused on the settlements and settings where European and American slave traders interacted with Africans.  In the Caribbean, Dr. Kelly has directed projects investigating the lives of enslaved laborers on sugar plantations in Guadeloupe and Martinique.  Dr. Kelly is currently working on projects in Martinique and Dominica.  He has also recently begun a project exploring the ways in which architecture is used in creating a sense of place and identity in the temporary camps of Black Rock City at the Burning Man festival in Nevada. 

Research Interests

Sub Saharan Africa:  Benin, Togo, Guinea  
Western Hemisphere:  Guadeloupe, Martinique, Jamaica, Dominica, Haiti