Paige Kelly

  • Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology.


  • 2021 -PhD, The Ohio State University, Rural Sociology
  • 2017 - M.S., The Ohio State University, Rural Sociology
  • 2014 - B.S., UW-Madison, Community and Environmental Sociology
  • 2014 - B.S., UW-Madison, Agronomy

Dr. Paige Kelly is a rural sociologist whose research interests include rural poverty, spatial inequality (community and rural/urban inequalities and development issues), state and local governments’ policies, and racialized inequalities. Her research focuses on the local economy and the state as structural forces that affect place and population disparities. She has published on rural-urban disparities in local governments’ capacity, differential risks of experiencing poverty among racialized populations, and barriers to just transition from coal mining employment in the Appalachian Region. She has worked as a research consultant for the Federal Reserve as well as the World Bank.


Challenging austerity under the COVID-19 state
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Warner, Mildred E., Kelly, Paige M., Zhang, Xue, 2023

Proceed with caution: US local governments and the American Rescue Plan
Local Government Studies, Warner, Mildred E., Kelly, Paige M., 2023

The Effects of Public Opinion on Environmental Policy in the Face of the Environmental Countermovement., Ard, Kerry, Williams, Tiffany, Kelly, Paige, Tindall, David, Stoddart, Mark, Dunlap, Riley, 2022

Local Governments across Rural America: Status, Challenges, and Positioning for the Future, Lobao, Linda, Kelly, Paige, Davis, Daniel, Dumont, Andrew, 2021

Review of Dividing Paradise: Rural Inequality and the Diminishing American Dream by Jennifer Sherman
Population and Development Review, Kelly, Paige, 2021