Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., Binghamton University
Areas of Specialization: U.S. History; Women/Gender/Sexuality, Latin American Studies
Phone: (860) 832-0119
Dissertation: Votes for College Women: Women’s Suffrage and Higher Education in Modern America
Dr. Kelly Marino has a Ph.D. in History from Binghamton University, an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a BSEd in History for Secondary Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a Connecticut Teacher’s Certification in History and Social Studies for grades 7-12. She studies United States History, Women’s History, and the History of Sexuality. She also has a minor teaching field in Latin American History. Her primary research centers on nineteenth- and twentieth-century America, particularly the Gilded Age/Progressive Era. Kelly is most passionate about themes of race, class, and gender. She writes about activism, reform, and minority/majority struggles. Her most recent work explores women’s activism for greater rights on college and university campuses in the Progressive Era.
Kelly’s dissertation, “Votes for College Women: Women’s Suffrage and Higher Education in Modern America,” examines the connections between the women's rights movement and women's higher education in the twentieth century. Specifically, she considers college student protest for female voting rights. During this period, besides on-campus clubs and organizations, outside groups like the College Equal Suffrage League, National Woman's Party, and National Association of Colored Women worked to attract new generations of students and alumni to causes like women’s suffrage and civil and equal rights. Their campus activism shaped not only the women's rights campaign but also the era’s academic culture. Kelly has received several prestigious grants for this project, including funding from the Schlesinger Library, Sophia Smith Collection, and the Newcomb Archives at Tulane University. Currently, she is working to develop her dissertation into a book manuscript.
Before coming to Central in Fall 2017, Kelly served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at Binghamton University under the direction of Professors Thomas Dublin and Kathryn Kish Sklar. There she oversaw and conducted research for the Women and Social Movements websites from 2016-2017. She also taught several new classes at Binghamton University on gender and sexuality in the United States and abroad funded by the Journal of Women’s History.
Kelly is a Connecticut native and is originally from Cromwell. She is passionate about the local history of the state and its historic sites and museums.
“Ballots, Bandages, and Books: Connecticut Suffragists, Citizenship Education, and Women’s
Activism in the World War I Era.” Connecticut History Review 56 (Spring 2017): 40-67.
“Hepburn, Katharine Martha Houghton.” Biographical Sketch. [Online] Biographical Database of Militant Woman Suffragists, 1913-1920, 2017. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (Record ID 1008342624).
“Making a Scene for Suffrage in Connecticut: Emily Pierson and Educational Theatrics, 1910-1917.” Connecticut History 52 (Fall 2013): 226-242.
“O’Hare, Kate Richards.” In Opposition to War: An Encyclopedia of United States Peace and Antiwar Movements. ed. Mitchell K. Hall. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Forthcoming December 2017.
“Phillips, David Graham.” In Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era. ed. Jeffrey Johnson. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2017.