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About Christopher J. Kelly

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.


September 2008 Present Professor Theology & Religious Studies, Sacred Heart University Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Sacred Heart University Tenure 2015

Contact Information

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