Kelly Payne is a doctoral candidate and lecturer in Nineteenth-Century American literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on the intersections of economics and race in national genealogies contested in antislavery fiction from 1826-1877. Other research interests include critical university studies, humanities education and professional student identities, literary mixed race studies. She received her bachelors degree from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana) and her masters degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has presented papers at conferences for Society for the Study of American Women Writers, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the National Women’s Studies Association. In addition to her doctoral work, Kelly serves as the UNL Department of English academic advisor.