Kelsey’s Story

Post-43Story Scholar and Writer

From her first visit to Ethiopia at age 14, Kelsey was captivated by Ethiopia’s history and culture of story-telling and troubled when she returned by stereotypical narratives about Africans, foreigners, and immigrants that didn’t capture the nuanced stories she’d experienced firsthand. Following an undergraduate honors thesis on myth and conversion stories among Ethiopian Christians and a master’s degree in African Studies at Stanford University, she joined EDSP as an interviewer and writer in 2016. In addition to her work with EDSP collecting and recording the stories of Ethiopian-Americans in northern California, she is also at work on a Ph.D. in Literature at UC Santa Cruz, with a focus in east African literature.