Kelly O'Neill

Kelly O'Neill

Staff Scholar-Entrepreneur

Director, Imperiia Project / Lecturer on History, Harvard University

Kelly O'Neill is a historian of the Russian Empire and an advocate of spatial history. As a faculty member in the History Department at Harvard, Dr. O'Neill taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses including seminars on Catherine II, arctic exploration, and digital history, and published her first book, Claiming Crimea: A History of Catherine the Great’s Southern Empire (Yale University Press, 2017). In 2018 she joined the Davis Center and began developing her interest in geographic information science and cartography into an NEH-sponsored digital humanities research project. She continues to teach, conducts training workshops in GIS tools and methods, and regularly presents her research to audiences ranging from high school students to colleagues at academic institutions around the world. Kelly holds both a Ph.D. in History and an A.M. in Regional Studies—Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA) from Harvard University.