Department of English

Chelsea McKelvey

Chelsea McKelvey Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
9044 Haley Center
(334) 844-9044

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Thursday 2:00-3:30 pm


Chelsea McKelvey's research focuses on early modern literature, history of the book, and theology. Her work has been published in Literature & Theology, and she has presented her research at RSA, SCSC, and Medieval Congress. Currently, she is completing her book, Preacher-Poets: The Sermon Informing Early Modern Literature, which argues that the sermon genre informed not only the content of early modern poetry and prose, but also the style and form. 

Her teaching interests include questions of knowledge and power in writing, which she applies to a range of courses, from first-year writing to British literature. She also focuses on the role of performance in both dramatic and non-dramatic British literary texts, connecting medieval mystery plays to Milton, and Shakespeare to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. 

She also co-edits a literary journal, S/WORD, which annually publishes poetry, fiction, and art. 

Last Updated: January 22, 2020