Kelle is an historian and philosopher of science who focuses on the behavioral sciences. Much of his work involves close examinations of the actions and habits of reasoning that scientists perform to justify claims about behavior. His current research project, “Humans, Animals, and Machines: Behavior in the Information Age”, examines how scientists used the concept of information to investigate behavior from the post-WWII information revolution to the present. Kelle is also interested in Indigenous data sovereignty and problems concerning how to manage big data in the biological sciences.
Kelle earned an M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science from Arizona State University. He then spent a year at the University of Kentucky as a Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow working with philosopher of science Dr. Julia Bursten and evolutionary biologist Dr. Jeremy Van Cleve.
Kelle was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a member of the Diné (Navajo) tribe and a big fan of the four corners region. He likes remote places, spicy food, dogs, skiing, hunting, and adobe construction. He also enjoys watching, reading, and writing stories, especially horror and science fiction.