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Office: 310 Petrocelli Hall, Rindge
Mary C. Kelly Ph.D.
Professor of History
PH.D. Syracuse University; Modern U.S.
Professor Kelly pictured in August 2003 at one of the original Famine villages near Knockmore, Clare Island, County Mayo, Ireland.
“My teaching interests include Modern American surveys and upper-level courses in Cultural, Intellectual, Women’s, and Ethnic History. As students encounter the events that shaped American history, and the personalities who enliven its narratives, they witness the interplay of such factors as diversity, gender, race, politics and ethnic identity. They start to think in new and exciting ways about the influence of history and its lessons for us today. Offering a Women's History upper-level course dovetails with my involvement in the Women in Leadership program, and I seek to more fully explore connections between politics and religion in the classroom. Speaking of politics and religion, the history of Ireland occasionally finds its way into our curricular offerings.”
Dr. Kelly's promotion to Professor of History took effect in fall 2013. She was honored with Faculty Appreciation Awards from the Franklin Pierce University Class of 2012, Class of 2011 and Class of 2009; and the Faculty of the Year award in 2002. Beyond her History Departmental course offerings, her pedagogical interests include the First Year Experience, curricular assessment, and FPU’s New England Center for Civic Life.
Professor Kelly pictured beside the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians memorial to Famine Irish emigrants lost when the brig St. John went down off Cohasset, Mass. in 1849; less than a day's sail out from Boston."
Current Research and Recent Publications
Dr. Kelly’s new book Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory is now available from Rowman & Littlefield. She is currently researching 19th Century ethnic Irish leadership and intellectual culture in Boston.
Professional Development, Presentations and Conference Attendance
Prof. Kelly pictured harbor side in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the Canadian Association for Irish Studies Conference in May 2010
“Regular conference presentations enliven the academic year and allow me to connect with colleagues engaged in similar research projects. American Conference for Irish Studies and New England Historical Association meetings are particularly beneficial, and I enjoy visiting favorite archives such as Boston College’s Burns Library and New York's American Irish Historical Society. Serving as a consultant and textbook reviewer and attending New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership meetings expand my professional interests in productive directions.”
Recent Conferences Presentations:
Professor Kelly lives with husband Mike and daughter Eileen in nearby Keene, N.H. They continue to enjoy the occasional sojourn in the West of Ireland.