Chelsea Connelly is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art department, specializing in Late Antique and Early Byzantine art. Her dissertation explores identities of the gospel book in early Christian and Byzantine art and society. By treating books as agents of visual and material culture, this project considers how gospel books came to be capable of working miracles, channeling divine presence, and speaking to an audience. Other academic interests include Roman imperial art, Islamic art, studies of word and image, cultural exchange in the early medieval Mediterranean, and the reception and interpretation of ancient art in contemporary politics.
Chelsea graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Art History and Curatorial Studies from Brigham Young University and received her M.A. in History of Art from Yale University. Chelsea has also worked as a conservation technician for rare books, manuscripts, and works of art on paper at the Harold B. Lee Library and currently works as a graduate research assistant at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.