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PhD, Stanford University
Educational Psychology

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-9713
Fax: (703) 993-2722

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
West Building 2203
4400 University Dr.
MS 6D2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Anthony (Eamonn) Kelly was born in Galway City, Ireland. He earned a bachelors degree at St. Patricks College, Dublin, and earned three Masters degrees at California State University at Chico. He earned a Ph.D. at Stanford University in psychological studies in education and took a position at Rutgers University in New Jersey. After promotion to associate professor at Rutgers, he was a visiting scholar at UC Davis, and served at the National Science Foundation (1997-2000; 2006-2007). He is professor of educational psychology at George Mason University. Dr. Kelly is interested in the intersection of the creative space of innovative practices and where it meets the pruning function of research methods (i.e., design-based research). He is an active funded researcher, and was a Fulbright New Century Scholar (2009-2010) under the theme: "The university as an innovation driver and knowledge center for society." He also works to promote research intersecting mathematics cognition and cognitive neuroscience. His NSF SciSIP award (2009) explores the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) spending in education [Race to the Top]. His other NSF awards are on the learning needs of megacities [National Science Foundation (# 0904173] and learning and assessment in cyberinfrastructure [National Science Foundation (# 0816216 ]. He received an NSF award in 2010 to study the implementation of the US Department of Education High School Longitudinal Study. (#1104899), an NSF award in 2012: “Advancing an Online Project in the Assessment and Effective Teaching of Calculus" with co-PI Seppala in 2013.  He received an NSF award:  “BCC:  Organizing Multi-disciplinary Communities to Conduct Data-intensive Research on Education and Learning.”  He received an award in 2014 from NSF on:  “Human subjects’ protections in the digital age.”  He is currently acting Deputy Assistant Director and Senior Adviser at the National Science Foundation in the Education and Human Resources directorate.

Recent Publications

  • Kelly, A. E. (2011). Can cognitive neuroscience ground a science of learning? Educational Philosophy and Theory. Theme issue on educational neuroscience. 43(1), 17-23.
  • Kelly, A. E. (2010). An interview with Anthony E. Kelly. Invited interview on Design Research, Chinese Open Education Research Journal. Online
  • Kelly, A. E. (Ed.) (2008). Reflections on the US National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report. [special issue], Educational Researcher, 37(9). Theme issue editor. AERA Press Announcement: Online
  • Kelly, A. E. & Yin, R. (2007). Strengthening structured abstracts for educational research. Educational Researcher. 36(3),133-138. Also appears in, "Selecting Research Methods" edited by W. Paul Vogt (Illinois State University) (2008) as part of the SAGE Benchmark in Social Research Methods series
  • Kelly, A. E. (2009). When is design research appropriate? In T. Plomb & N. Nieveen (Eds.), Introduction to Educational Design Research (pp. 73-88), Online.
  • Kelly, A. E., Lesh, R., & Baek. J. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of design research methods in education: Innovations in science, technology, mathematics and engineering learning and teaching. New York: Routledge.

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