Chris’ space…

My name is Chris Kelly, and I am a sociology graduate student at Boston College.  I have a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Mississippi (2005) and I am currently working on my Ph.D.   My research interests include the following:

·       Sociology of knowledge and ideology

·       Qualitative methods

·       Discourse analysis

·       Gay and lesbian studies

·       Postcolonial studies

·       Palestinian society

·       Spirituality

·       Islam

My current research investigates social dimensions of knowledge formation among student activists.  During the summer of 2006, I lived in the country of Jordan for two months while studying the Arabic language, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.  I also participate regularly in faith-based service trips, engage in activism for Palestinian human rights, and am currently seeking to promote GLBTQ interfaith dialogue at my university.


I am also a recent convert to Islam.  I made shahadah—recited the Islamic declaration of faith (“There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his servant and messenger.”)—back in September of 2006, during the month of Ramadan.  You may read my personal conversion story here; it’s not exactly the most orthodox of conversions, but it’s mine.  I remain grateful to Allah (subhana wa ta`ala) for bringing the peace of Islam into my life.  Alhamdulillah!


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Click here to learn about my January ‘06 trip to Palestine.

Tidbits of my life at UM

Islamic links (Coming soon!)