Kelly Condit-Shrestha, Ph.D. is a transnational U.S. historian of migration, childhood, adoption, critical race, and Asian American studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her most recent publication is the chapter contribution, “Archives, Adoption Records, and Owning Historical Memory,” in the edited volume, Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents: Innovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Her work has also been featured in zeitgeschichte, Adoption & Culture, Youth Circulations, and U.S. History Scene. Condit-Shrestha is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Adoption and American Empire: Migration, Race-Making, and the Child, 1845-1988. She has taught courses in U.S. and world history, grounded in the themes of (im)migration, race and ethnicity, Asian American studies, British and European empire, and East Asian history at the University of Minnesota, Stony Brook University, and Tufts University.
Through her work and experiences as an adopted Korean American, Condit-Shrestha is deeply invested in social justice inquiry, in her research, teaching, service, professional development and community engagement, including mentorship and public-facing history.
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