Relly wrote about topics on poverty in Virginia, super max prisons, human trafficking, and environmental and drug problems in the Caribbean.
Relly has travelled to many countries for journalistic and academic research purposes, including Mexico, Afghanistan and most recently, India. While in India, she did academic research on civil society, social activists, public act ration cards, and other issues going on in the country.
Today she focuses mainly on academic research, which identifies phenomena around the world rather than telling stories. Because of this, she has had little time for journalism herself but is still deeply connected through her students. “Journalism aims to serve the public interest,” she said, “and tries to keep the public and citizens abreast.”