Meet the Director

Kelby Harrison

Kelly HarrisonRev. Kelby Harrison Ph.D. recently joined the USC community as our newest director. While a graduate student at Northwestern University, she was a passionate, active leader in the campus LGBT community, founding the University’s first graduate student LGBT organization, and helping to found a yearly national graduate student conference: Queertopia! She has also received recognition from the Human Rights Campaign as the Chicago Area student of the year.

After completing her Ph.D. in ethics, gender, and sexuality in 2010 from Northwestern University, she served as the post-doctoral fellow in Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, where she taught Christian ethics, philosophy of religion, and LGBT social ethics. Most recently, Dr. Harrison trained as an Interfaith chaplain at UCLA – Santa Monica Medical Center.

Sometimes known as Rev. Kelby, she is ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church, the LGBT focused Christian denomination. She is committed to spiritual health and expression, and full inclusion of LGBT people in all faith traditions. Furthermore, Dr. Harrison is a published author of the book Sexual Deceit: The Ethics of Passing with the Lexington Press, as well as co-editor of the anthology Passing/Out: Identity Veiled and Revealed with the Ashgate Press.

She is the proud parent of two toy poodle pups: Anzu and Sakura.