Kristy Kelly is a sociologist specializing in gender equality policies in Vietnam. Kelly’s current research project examines how gender equality discourses and practices are engaged, resisted, ignored and otherwise transformed in the process of training policy-actors how to bring a gender lens into development thinking.

Kelly has written on higher education, HIV/AIDS, and the politics of gender, class and citizenship in post-socialist Vietnam. She has extensive experience working with the United Nations and education development organizations in Vietnam, Hong Kong and the United States. She continues to consult on gender and development issues with multilateral and non-government organizations in Vietnam.

Kelly received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin.