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Office: 310 Petrocelli Hall, Rindge
Mary C. Kelly Ph.D.
Professor of History
PH.D. Syracuse University; Modern U.S.
“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 2017, 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 and curricular assessment.
Dr. Kelly was honored to receive the City of Holyoke, MA, St. Patrick’s Day Ambassador Award in March 2016, in recognition of her work to enhance cultural connections between Ireland and the United States.
Dr. Kelly was honored with a Keene State College President’s Outstanding Women of New Hampshire Award in March 2014.
Current Research and Recent Publications
Dr. Kelly's book Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2014. She is currently researching 1916-era Irish-American engagement in preparation for the centenary of the 1916 Rising next year.
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."
Professional Development, Presentations and Conference Attendance
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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.