Kelly Elliott was born in Arkansas and grew up in Tennessee. She has loved history since childhood, and still frequently imagines living in other times and places in the past. Elliott has been at ACU since August 2010, teaching courses in modern European and Asian history, western civilization, and core. She is also the sponsor for ACU’s chapter of the national history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta.
Elliott’s major fields of teaching are European and British history. Her research interests include British religious history, the history of missions, British imperialism, and the forging of indigenous Christianity in colonial contexts in South Asia and the Caribbean in the nineteenth century. She is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled “Chosen Race: Baptist Missionary Christianity against the Hierarchies of empire, 1795-1875.”
When not teaching, writing, or researching, Elliott and her husband Jeremy Elliott, who teaches English for ACU, are avid backpackers and campers. They have hiked hundreds of miles of trails in the southeastern United States, and particularly enjoy camping with their house church. They have a golden retriever named Constance.