Thomas P Kelly

Thomas P Kelly

Assistant Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Thomas Kelly

Thomas Kelly is a scholar of late imperial Chinese literature. His research attends to the interplay between the literary imagination and Chinese visual and material cultures in the early modern period. He is currently completing a monograph that examines practices of inscribing everyday objects in late Ming and early Qing China. The book considers how prominent writers spoke through things, exploring new modes of literary impersonation, commercial branding, and political expression. He has related interests in the history of writing technologies, text-image relations, Chinese theater, and premodern media studies. 

Professor Kelly received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2017 and BA from the University of Oxford in 2009. Before joining Harvard, he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. 

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