Kelly Condit-Shrestha, Ph.D. is a transnational U.S. historian of migration, childhood, adoption, critical race, and Asian American studies. She serves as Consultant in the Public History Initiative at the Adoption Museum Project and recently completed her tenure as Post-Doctoral Research Associate in She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Adoption and American Empire: Migration, Race-Making, and the Child, 1845-1988. Her second project, on adoption records and archives, interrogates the discourses of access and rights that regulate the relationship between adopted people, scholars, and record-housing institutions.
Condit-Shrestha received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2017). 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.