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Kathleen A. Kelly  

Professor of English

B.A., St. Mary's College
M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University
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Kathleen Kelly is Professor of English in the Arts and Humanities Division at Babson College. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University where she was awarded the English Department’s Distinguished Teaching Award. While at Babson she has been the recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Yearlong Fellowship to attend a seminar at the University of Southern California and an NEH grant to attend a Summer Seminar at Brown University, as well as a grant sponsored jointly by the NEH and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for curriculum development. In addition to several research and teaching development grants, Babson awarded her the C. E. McCarthy Family Term Chair. She has served at Babson as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division, Director of Writing for the MBA Programs, Writing Program Coordinator, and Writing Center Director. In 2007 she was awarded the Carpenter Prize for Exceptional Contributions to Babson College. She teaches courses at the foundation, intermediate and advanced levels, and she frequently staffs the Writing Center. 

Professor Kelly teaches and publishes in both literary studies and the theory and pedagogy of writing. She has published articles on the literature of the English Renaissance, including the poetry of John Donne and Andrew Marvel and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, as well as on the contemporary fiction of Julian Barnes. Several articles related to pedagogy explore ways that classic texts can be incorporated into courses dealing with contemporary issues, including texts by Plato, Molière, Rousseau, Stendhal, Marx, Strindberg, Simmel, and Brecht. Most recently she has developed a course incorporating the “Reacting to the Past” pedagogy to explore political and personal equality. She has written numerous articles on composition and business writing and is a co-author with Janis Forman of The Random House Guide to Business Writing. ​

Recent Publications


Talk-Show Intimacy and NarrativeTechnique in Julian Barnes's Talking It Over andLove Etc.pdfTalk-Show Intimacy and NarrativeTechnique in Julian Barnes's Talking It Over and Love, etc.pdf

UsingCharlesTaylorsConceptofAuthenticitytoFrameaFirst-YearUniversityHumanitiesCourse.pdfUsing Charles Taylor's Concept of Authenticity to Frame a First-Year University Humanities Course.pdf​