Dr George Francis-Kelly
- School: School of Art History and Cultural Policy
- Principal Investigator: Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty
‘Expanding Agency: Women, Race, and the Global Dissemination of Modern Architecture’ (European Research Council)
I am a graduate of the University of Sheffield, received my PhD from the University of Leeds in 2020, and have previously been a Lecturer in American History at the University of Aberdeen. My research revolves around histories of race, space, and protest, thinking about how our identities shape and are shaped by the built environment around us. I am presently writing my first monograph exploring how African American and Latinx communities in Los Angeles fought to claim space and control development. My role in the Expanding Agency project is to consider the architecture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the twentieth century, and explore how global networks shaped the production and uses of buildings on these campuses.
Project website: https://expanding-agency.com/