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John Robert Kelly

John KellyAssociate Professor, Film

Dr. Kelly, an award-winning filmmaker, has lectured and published on film and culture internationally, including as Afghan correspondent for Instapundit. He was the radio talk show host of Mass Media in Boston and served on MIT’s Film Studies consortium board. He’s a founder of the Afghan Media Resource Center (Peshawar and Kabul), where his lectures to Afghan mujahideen filmmakers in the 1980s were published by the Iranian Cultural Center. Kelly’s films and those of his Afghan students have been broadcast internationally, exhibited at the Asia Foundation Gallery in NYC, featured on a special edition of ABC’s Nightline, used extensively in university courses and are now in permanent collection at Williams College. His photos were displayed in a one-man show at Kabul University’s Fine Arts Gallery and he has written Perspektives on the rebirth of arts in post-Taliban Afghanistan with Dr. Michael Pohly of the Institut für Iranistik. Kelly works in Afghanistan in film, the arts and civil society for the UN, Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and others. He is the first American elected to the Artists Union of Afghanistan and is currently the Senior Fellow in Film at the Center for International Journalism in Kabul.


BA, SUNY New Paltz
MA, Syracuse University
Cinema/Universal Studios Graduate Certificate, University of Southern California
PhD, Rackham School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Email: kellycom@bu.edu
Office: 704 Commonwealth Ave, 404D