Conor Kelly is a Ph.D. candidate and Flatley Fellow in theological ethics at Boston College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and theology and a Master of Theological Studies in moral theology from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests focus on issues of applied ethics–especially sexual ethics, business ethics, and health care ethics–and he is particularly concerned with promoting moral discernment in ordinary life. His dissertation, which he defended in January, developed a theology of work and leisure with corresponding ethical applications, precisely to encourage this type of moral evaluation. Conor also works to further this goal as a teacher, finding ways to use lectures and discussions to equip his students with tools for ethical reflection in their own lives.
At Boston College, Conor served as a teaching assistant in the service learning program, giving periodic lectures and facilitating discussion sections that integrated the course readings and the students’ service experiences. He has also worked as a conference research assistant at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, aiding in the organization of a Sesquicentennial Symposium on “Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education” and another on “Religious Diversity and the Common Good.” He is the assistant editor of the Fall 2014 (Poverty) and Spring 2015 (Family) issues of the Church in the 21st Century Center’s C21 Resources magazine. For the 2014-2015 academic year, he has been reappointed a Graduate Fellow at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. He will also be teaching one section of Exploring Catholicism, a year-long course that satisfies Boston College’s theology core requirement.
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