Chelsea Connelly is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art department, specializing in Late Antique and Early Byzantine art. Her research focuses on identities of the book in early Christian and Byzantine art and society. Her dissertation treats books as agents of visual and material culture capable of working miracles, channeling divine presence, and speaking to an audience. Chelsea’s other academic interests include Roman art and architecture, studies of word and image, poststructuralist theory, cultural exchange in the early medieval Mediterranean, Islamic art, feminist history, and Byzantine art on the “periphery.”
Chelsea graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Art History and Curatorial Studies from Brigham Young University in 2016 and received her M.A. in History of Art from Yale University in 2018. Chelsea has also worked as a conservation technician for rare books and works of art on paper at the Harold B. Lee Library and currently works as a graduate assistant at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.