Kelli Cardenas Walsh earned her Doctorate in History from the University of South Carolina in 2006, a Master of Arts in History from Fayetteville State University and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. Her research and writing focus on women’s, military and North Carolina History. Her recent research has focused on abolitionists in Fayetteville, NC and Fayetteville in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction to include the origins of the Howard School.
Walsh is an Associate Professor of History at Fayetteville State University where she serves on several committees. In addition to serving on the board for AAERO, she serves as President of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation, and is a member of the Historical Society of North Carolina, and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
Kelli Cardenas Walsh grew up in a military family and has traveled throughout the country as resident and tourist but calls Tucson, Arizona home. In addition to traveling, she enjoys reading, genealogy research and time with her family.