Monique Kelly

Monique  Kelly
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD University of California Irvine, 2019
  • 429B Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-355-5048


Monique Kelly


My research broadly focuses on racial and ethnic identities, dynamics, attitudes, and inequality. More specifically, I utilize primarily quantitative methods to examine how race, measured as multidimensional, structures socioeconomic outcomes, impact public opinions, and claims to nationhood principally within the Anglophone Caribbean. My work thus makes important advances in our understanding of racial dynamics in patterning overall socioeconomic wellbeing and the variation of the utility ‘race’ across contexts.


Currently, I am working collaboratively on two research projects. The first examines the role of race/ethnicity in the Anglophone Caribbean and East Africa to circumscribe citizenship, structure the allocation of state resources, and socioeconomic wellbeing. Using Barbados and Kenya as case studies, this project seeks to understand the legacies of colonialism in both countries and how race/ethnicity affects interpretations, practices, and inculcation of citizenship. The second investigates how primarily racial identity impacts public opinions (centered around issues of access, mobility, perceived competence, and determinants of inequality) comparatively within South Africa and the United States.

Associated Programs:

  • Core faculty, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLAS), International Studies & Programs, MSU