Kelsey Ensign is a second-year graduate student studying 20th century American history, with a focus on questions of racial identity formation and politics in the midst of social changes. Her current advisor is Paul Kramer.
Kelsey received her bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Richmond in 2015. Her honors thesis analyzed the transition between the terms “Negro” and “black,” looking at how language played a role in the changing terrain of racial identity in the late 1960s. For the past two years, she has been teaching social studies in Camden, New Jersey.