Jennifer Lynn Kelly received her Ph.D. in American Studies with a Portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. She is currently a 2017-2018 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Associate in Asian American Studies and a Postdoctoral Affiliate in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research broadly engages questions of settler colonialism, U.S. empire, and the fraught politics of both tourism and solidarity. She is currently completing the manuscript for her first book, Fragmented Narration: Solidarity Tourism in Occupied Palestine, a multi-sited ethnographic study of solidarity tourism in Palestine that draws from research she completed as a 2012-2013 Palestinian American Research Center Fellow. In her project, she analyzes how solidarity tourism has emerged in Palestine as an organizing strategy that is both embedded in and working against histories of sustained displacement.