Meet the Faculty

Kelly H. Ball

Kelly H. Ball

Director of Extended Programs

Contact Information

Phone: 404-471-5547
Office Location: Buttrick Hall 317

Office Hours: Spring 2017
By appointment

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Emory University

M.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., Transylvania University

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Professor Ball’s uses a queer-feminist theoretical frame to analyze child and adolescent sexuality and gender identity, specifically in feminist social and developmental psychology. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she employs philosophical and archival research methods, combined with secondary source analysis of developmental psychology, to examine the overlapping histories of childhood, sexuality, gender identity, and psychology. Currently, she is completing a paper titled, “Black Girlhood and the History of Pedophilia.”

At Agnes Scott, she is responsible for teaching the core curriculum and for program direction. Her courses include Queer Studies, Introduction to Women’s Studies, Intersectional Research Methods, Contemporary Feminist Theory, and World as Classroom (an internship course). Her teaching interests include: queer theories of color; feminist theory; queer youth in the United States; girls’ studies; histories of childhood; trauma studies; feminist science studies; and feminist research methods.

Professional Activities

Professor Ball’s publications include her award winning essay, “‘More or Less Raped’: Foucault, Causality, and Feminist Critiques of Sexual Violence,” in philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism (2013); “Producing Populations: Biopolitics, the Family, and Experiences of Queer Foster Youth” in Journal of Family Life (2009).In addition to book reviews, encyclopedia entries, research guides, and scholarblogs, her public scholarship on representations of girlhood can be accessed here.

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