Anna Colleen Kelley

Anna Colleen Kelley


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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I received my BA from Wesleyan University with a double major in Archaeology and English Literature in 2008. After working in the private sector for several years, I received a MA in Archaeology and Art History at the School or Oriental and African Studies, University of London, followed by a MLitt in Art History and Art Business Practice at the University of Glasgow through Christie's Auction House. I then began my PhD at the University of Birmingham's Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies where I examined the presence of exchange networks in Africa and the Middle East through the diffusion of cotton as a commodity in the first millennium.

During the final year of my PhD I held a year-long Scouloudi Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London. I was then accepted as a Junior Research Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections in Washington, DC. I came to St Andrews in 2019 as a posdoctoral researcher in the School of History, and joined the School of Classics as a Lecturer in Ancient History in 2023.

My core research interests focus on exchange networks in Late Antiquity (particularly in Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean), changes in production processes, gender and labour organisation, and the environmental history of desert landscapes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Commodity, Commerce and Economy: Re-evaluating Cotton Production and Diffusion in the First Millennium, University of Birmingham


Award Date: 16 Jul 2019



Master of Arts, SOAS University of London


Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University


External positions

Junior Research Fellow, Harvard University


Scouloudi Fellow, Institute of Historical Research



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