Kelly entered the PhD program in 2018. She studies the history of linguistic thought in Early Modern Europe, with particular emphasis on the ways written language was influenced and expressed through print and written media. Her previous research has explored the presentation and underlying grammatical theory of grammar books of a variety of languages (European, Amerindian, and constructed) and more recently the invention of shorthand in Early Modern England. Kelly completed her MPhil in Early Modern History with distinction at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, where she was Pelling Scholar. She received her A.B. as an Independent Concentrator in Linguistics at Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude.