Kelly C. Tang is a 7th year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies. Her research focus is modern and contemporary Chinese art, specifically ink painting’s global history. She is in the process of completing her dissertation with the support of a dissertation fellowship from the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies program at Duke.
Kelly was the 2019-2020 Graduate School Administrative Intern in Graduate Student Affairs. From 2015 to 2019, Kelly served as a Central Campus Graduate Resident in Housing and Residential Life. In addition, she is the President and Founder of the Duke Graduate Women’s Wellness and Self-Care Club, a student organization focused on social and mental well-being within the graduate student experience.
Prior to matriculating at Duke University, she completed her M.Phil with Distinction in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford and her B.A. magna cum laude in art history and Asian American Studies at UCLA. While studying at UCLA, she was the J. Paul Getty Multicultural Intern in the Photography, Prints, and Drawings department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
A San Diego native, she enjoys dance (ballet and Latin), drawing, and hand-lettering in her spare time.
Kelly was selected young trustee by the Graduate and Professional Student Council in 2020. She serves as a trustee observer for 2020-2021 and is an observer on the Graduate and Professional Education and Research Committee and Duke’s Centennial Celebration Task Force.