Kelly Barry, PhD

Executive Director, Student Success

Kelly Barry oversees the Center for Student Success (CSS), which works to ensure that students have opportunities to engage deeply in their own learning by providing the tools for them to thrive within the classroom and beyond it. From orientation to graduation, CSS programs enrich the points of connection that undergraduates have to their own experience at JHU. An academic happily turned administrator, Kelly is energized by helping students identify the contexts that make their academic work meaningful. Working with a wide range of academic and administrative colleagues, her role supports institutional efforts related to affinity and social mobility.

By training Kelly is a literary scholar with teaching and research interests in 18th-century German literature and intellectual history. She was faculty in the Department of Germanic Language & Literatures at Columbia for eight years, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses and in the Core Curriculum. After two years at Colgate University, she came back to Hopkins to build the National Fellowships Program.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Kelly earned her undergraduate degrees in German Studies an East Asian Studies from Columbia University and her PhD in German Literature from Johns Hopkins. She remains an advocate for the study of foreign languages + studying abroad and has served on the Fulbright National Selection Committee since 2014. Both a professionally trained reader and a gonzo connoisseur of books and reading habits, Kelly is also a booster for the Maryland Book Bank.