Kelly Ross specializes in Early and 19th-century American literature and African American literature, with secondary interests in 20th-century American literature, detective fiction, poetry, and American Studies.
Her first book, Slavery, Surveillance, and Genre in Antebellum United States Literature, was published by Oxford University Press (2023). Her work has appeared in PMLA, the Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe, Leviathan, and Cambridge University Press's American Literature in Transition, 1820-1860. She co-edits, with Emron Esplin, Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation.
Ross has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, Northern Illinois University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Department, and the Center for the Study of the American South.
- Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- B.A., College of William and Mary