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Areas of Expertise —
Historical & Comparative Sociology, Ethnography, Sociology of Education, Race & Ethnicity, Health & Aging, Visual Sociology
Migration and the European Union, Holocaust education in Eastern Europe, Aging and Beauty
Michelle Kelso received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2010.
Dr. Kelso’s interests span from collective memory and education, to aging and beauty, using qualitative methods to discover the personal constructions of identity. From 2008-09, Dr. Kelso was a Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she was working on her dissertation that focused on the Romani experience in Romanian-run camps in occupied Soviet Union during WWII, and contemporary views in Romania of Roma as Holocaust victims. She has been the recipient of several prestigious national awards, including two Fulbright fellowships. Dr. Kelso received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Michigan. She also earned a M.A. in Russian & East European studies and a Master in Public Affairs from the University of Texas (2001). She speaks Romanian, French, and some Romani.
Outside of academia, Dr. Kelso worked in civil society. From 2005-2010, she was the director of a Romanian non-profit organization, the Association for Dialogue and Civic Education, which had projects on gathering Holocaust testimonies, teacher training education, and tolerance promotion. In 2005, she made a documentary film: Hidden Sorrows: The Persecution of Romanian Gypsies During WWII that has screened in seven countries, numerous film festivals, and aired on three national television channels. She has also been a stringer for USA Today and the Associated Press. Prior to coming to GW, Dr. Kelso also worked as a consultant to the Council of Europe, USAID, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, various non-profits, as well as to Holocaust compensation programs in Eastern Europe.
2009. Ioanid, R.; M. Kelso, and L. Cioaba, eds. Tragedia Romilor in Transnistria (The Tragedy of Roma in Transnistria). Bucharest: Polirom.
2009. Kelso, M. and V. Ghirda, eds. Through Our Lens: Romani Lives and Culture. Bucharest: The Association for Dialog and Civic Education.
2008. Holocaust-era Compensation and the Case of the Roma, Studia Hebriaca Vol.8. Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press.
2007. Hidden History: Perceptions of the Romani Holocaust in Romania Viewed Through Contemporary Race Relations. Anthropology of East Europe Review, Fall 2007, pp.44-61.
2006. Kelso, M. and A.M. Popa. Ghidul Professorului: Dureri Ascunse: Persecutarea Romilor din Romania 1942-44. (A Teacher's Guide: Hidden Sorrows: The Persecution of Romanian Roma 1942-44). Bucharest: The Association for Dialogue and Civic Education.
2006. Hidden Sorrows: Meeting Gypsy (Roma) Survivors of the Holocaust, International Institute Journal University of Michigan, Fall 2006.
1998. The Deportation of Gypsies from Romania to Transnistria 1942-44, in Donald Kenrick, ed. The Gypsies During the Second World War: In the Shadow of the Swastika. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press, pp. 95-130.
HMSR 2176 Program Planning and Development
HMSR 4198 The Role of NGOs in International Humanitarian Assistance
HMSR 4198 Non-Profit Management
SOC 6232 Qualitative Methods