Kelley Sams is a medical anthropologist and visiting research scholar at the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine. She holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of South Florida, a Masters in International Public Health from Tulane University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Florida. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Grant from the US Department of Education and a Michael V. Angrosino Research Achievement Award for her research on trachoma elimination in Niger. Kelley engages ethnographic photography and other qualitative methods to study the circulation of medication and public health initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work includes an investigation of “Disease X” as a part of the Pandemic Preparedness project in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; and an exploration the circulation of Chinese artemisinin-based malaria medication in Africa as a part of the collective research project The Political Life of Commodities (VIPOMAR/POLICO). She leads research for the Creating Healthy Communities: Art + Public Health initiative supported by ArtPlace America at the University of Florida.

Her most current publications may be found on Academia and Researchgate.