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. 



Gilgamesh to Blade Runner: Teaching the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in RSCC104, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2014)

Professor Kelly describes his teaching of the core curriculum course in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition...



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...