Kelsey Utne

Graduate Student


I am a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Cornell University. My dissertation examines the memorialization of death, disposal of corpses, and the transmission of human remains and memories in South Asia between World War I and the first decades of the Cold War. My academic research is primarily driven by questions of how people interface with the past and construct ideas of heritage through commemorative sites (or lack thereof).

Advisor:  Durba Ghosh

Research Focus

  • Modern South Asia
  • Muslim World
  • Comparative Colonialism
  • Histories of death and the dead
  • Commemoration
  • Critical Heritage Studies
  • Public History