Professor Kelly's general area of expertise is Historical Theology/Church History (Christian late antiquity/early Middle Ages). His particular academic interests are in the development of Christian monasticism, particularly as it migrates from East to West. He also has interests in pedagogy, specifically with respect to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Dr. Kelly earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and his BA, MA in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida. Professor Kelly is a very popular and in-demand professor at SHU. He is well known for his vibrant and engaging teaching style and is a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan. Dr. Kelly's teaching responsibilities include: Introduction to the Study of Religion; The Human Search for Truth, Justice, and the Common Good; The Development of Christian Thought; Monks, Hermits, and Warriors; and Celtic Religious Traditions.
The Myth of the Desert in Western Monasticism: Eucherius of Lyon's In Praise of the Desert, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2011)
The article presents the author's view on the St. Eucherius of Lyon's letter "In the...
Cassian’s Conferences: Scriptural Interpretation and the Monastic Ideal, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2012)
This book explores Cassian's use of scripture in the 'Conferences', especially its biblical models to...