Kelli Wood

University Affiliation:  University of Michigan

Position:  Assistant Professor 


About Dr. Wood

Kelli Wood is an Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan and a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows. Wood received her PhD in 2016 from the University of Chicago and has held fellowships such as the Fulbright fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut - Max-Planck-Institut in Florence, Italy and the Samuel H. Kress fellowship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Wood’s research focuses on the relationship between art and games in the sixteenth century and she is currently preparing a book manuscript entitled, The Art of Play: Games in Early Modern Italy. Her publications include “Balls on Walls, Feet on Streets: Subversive Play in Grand Ducal Florence” in Renaissance Studies (June 2017) and “Performing Pictures: Parlor Games and Visual Engagement in Ascanio de’ Mori’s Giuoco piacevole” in Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games (MIP of Western Michigan University, 2017). Her research has generously been supported by several fellowships and institutions, including as a Fulbright Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut and as a Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In addition to her work on early modern art, Wood’s interests include game studies and its history in visual and material culture, including video games.