Dr. Douglas Kelly, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus, French and Medieval Studies (Retired)
Company: University of Wisconsin
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Dr. Douglas Kelly, PhD, former Professor of French and Medieval Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

An award-winning professor regarded for his expertise, professionalism and ability to inspire his students, Dr. Kelly celebrates an illustrious career that spanned 43 years before his retirement in 1999. Distinguished by the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a professor emeritus, he dedicated many years to the college in a number of roles, starting as a lecturer and progressing through the ranks from assistant professor, to associate professor and professor. He was also involved in special projects with the university that led him to the titles of Fellow of the Institute for Research in the Humanities, Romnes Fellow, Vilas Associate, and WARF professor. Driven by a love of French and medieval studies, Dr. Kelly was afforded many opportunities to advance his involvement in his field. Notably, he was a senior fellow for the Netherland Institute for Advanced Study, an honorary president of the International Courtly Literature Society, an international secretary for the International Arthurian Society, an editor of the Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society, a North American Bibliographer, and a research fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies.

Dr. Kelly has published a number of texts in his career to share his passion and knowledge with scholarly professionals – many of which have been written in his retirement showcasing his true love of the work that he spent so many years focused on. He wrote “Machaut and the Medieval Apprenticeship Tradition: Truth, Fiction, and Poetic Craft” in 2014, “The Shapes of Invention, Poetic Imagination in Medieval French Literature” in 2011, and “Christine de Pizan’s Changing Opinion: A Quest for Certainty in the Midst of Chaos” in 2007. His noteworthy publications from his professional tenure include “The Conspiracy of Allusion: Description, Rewriting and Authorship from Macrobius to Medieval Romance, Studies in History of Christian Thought,” “The Medieval Opus,” “Internal Difference and Meanings in the Roman de la rose,” “Medieval French Romance,” “Art of Medieval French Romance,” “Arts of Poetry and Prose,” “Medieval Imagination” and “Sens and Conjointure in the Chevalier de la Charrette.” In recognition of his professional excellence, Dr. Kelly was listed in the 48th Volume of Who’s Who in America and he was the recipient of a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, he received a Prix Excalibur Award from the Société Internationale Arthurienne, The Hilldale Award in the Humanities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and recognition by a National Endowment for the Humanities Publication Subvention.

Before establishing himself professionally, Dr. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California, followed by a Master of Science and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He remained at the top of his field through his work with a number of industry organizations. He was a member of the advisory board for the Edward C. Armstrong Monographs on Medieval Literature, editorial board of Revue Critique de Philologie Romane, and editorial board of Speculum. He also held membership with the International Arthurian Society, The French Review, the Society for the History of Rhetoric, the Modern Language Association of America, the American Association of Teachers of French, and the International Society of Classical Tradition. In his retirement, Dr. Kelly has been involved with the Medieval Academy of America, who named him a fellow in 2017. In looking ahead to the future, he intends to continue enjoying his retirement by indulging in his hobbies and writing.

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