Research Center Directors

AMST@IUPUI connects PhD students with research centers and their directors. Below are a few research directors available to doctoral students.

GoffPhilip Goff, Chancellor's Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, has been the director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture since 2000.

Goff’s research specialization is American religious history, with over 150 articles, reviews and scholarly papers in that area. His recent books include: Themes in Religion and American Culture, which Publisher’s Weekly described as “brilliant” and “a breath of fresh air;” The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America Since 1945, described by American Reference Books Annual as “Welcome and much-needed … [this book] provides texture and depth to lesser-known elements of the spiritual walk;” and The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America. Currently Goff is completing books about the history of religious radio as well as an cultural biography of John Adams that emphasizes his religious life. He is also at work co-authoring a textbook with Sylvester Johnson (Northwestern University) on American religious history for Cambridge University Press.

Goff has served as a legal consultant for church-state cases, co-authored amicus briefs for cases before the Federal Supreme Court, and been an expert witness in legal cases involving religious groups. Dedicated to public teaching, he has been a scriptwriter, consultant, and interviewee for documentaries related to religion in American life for PBS, BBC, and HBO. Answering questions about religion in North America on national and international news and radio programs, as well as in national newspapers, he is recognized as a leading interpreter of religion’s role in American life.  In recent years he was named to Who’s Who Among Teachers, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.

Professor Goff obtained his bachelor’s degree at Nyack College in Religious Studies in 1986.  He received his MA in Religious Studies in 1988 from the University of Kansas, where he specialized in method and theory in the study of religion. He completed a PhD in American Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1993. Later that year, he joined the Department of History at California State University, Los Angeles, where he also directed the Social Sciences Major and the Liberal Studies Program at various times. In 2000 he joined the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he teaches, directs the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, and co-editors the journal Religion & American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation.

MurthadhaDr. Khaula Murtadha is Vice Chancellor of the IUPUI Family, School, and Neighborhood Engagement, IUPUI Office of Community Engagement. She previously served as the Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) Associate Vice Chancellor for Life Long Learning. Dr. Murtadha received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Miami University, and then joined the faculty of the IU School of Education, in Bloomington. She later became the Executive Associate Dean of the School of Education on the Indianapolis Campus. She has taught graduate coursework in school community relations, supervision, and curriculum in the Urban Principal Preparation program as well as doctoral seminars in race, culture and gender.

Some of her awards include the Center for Leadership Development Madame C. J. Walker, Outstanding Woman of the Year, award; the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Indianapolis Chapter- Breakthrough Woman award; the Indiana Family, School, Community Partnership Center award; Indianapolis Public Schools, Asa Hilliard Award; the Indianapolis chapter of the National Council of Negro Women Leadership in Education award; and the Rotary Education Equity, Father Boniface Hardin Award.

Dr. Murtadha has published in the Education Administration Quarterly; the Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of School Administration; in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education; Urban Education; the Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration; the Bulletin of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and in other educational outlets. Her current research includes affecting change through collaborative leadership in urban education- prenatal through postsecondary (P-20); community engagement and the ethical responsibilities of universities; and African American women administrators in city school reform efforts.

filippelli-gGabriel Filippelli is Professor of Earth Sciences and director of the Center for Urban Health. His research focuses on biogeochemical cycling in the environment and the connections between geochemistry and the geologic record of climate change. Student projects involve field study, followed by detailed geochemical analyses in the biogeochemistry laboratory. The laboratory is equipped with a plasma emission spectrometer for elemental analyses, as well as specialized spectrometers for analysis of carbon, mercury, and phosphorous.

I have worked extensively on the chemistry and geologic history of nutrient cycling in the ocean and on land. Current research projects involve determining the controls on nutrient cycling on land during glaciation, examining the timing and driving forces of biological productivity in the ocean, assessing the content and distribution of the potentially harmful element mercury in coal resources of Indiana and examining the links between lead distribution and children's blood lead levels in urban areas.

JasonKellyHeadshots-smallJason M. Kelly is associate professor of history and Director of the IUPUI's Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAHI). He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is the author of The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment (Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2010).

As Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, Dr. Kelly supports IUPUI’s research mission by directing a grant program, identifying and fostering multidisciplinary research collaborations, and organizing research workshops and symposia.  He also acts as a liaison to the Indianapolis community, and in this capacity facilitates collaborative endeavors including performances, lectures, and special projects.

Dr. Kelly’s current research projects focus on the history of the environment, human rights, and art.  He leads a major international collaborative project, Rivers of the Anthropocene (, which brings together scientists, humanists, and policy makers to study global river systems and policy since 1750.  His current book projects are The Unfinished Enlightenment: The Making of Civil Rights in the Atlantic World and Nicholas Revett and Georgian Neoclassicism.

Dr. Kelly is the recipient of the IUPUI Research Trailblazers Award (2013), two IU Trustees Teaching Awards (2011, 2008), and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Student Council Outstanding Academic Adviser Award (2010).

Eller_BradburyJonathan R. Eller (B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1973; B.A., University of Maryland, 1979; M.A. (1981), Ph.D. (1985), Indiana University) is a Chancellor's Professor of English, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, and Senior Textual Editor of the Institute for American Thought, a research component of Indiana University’s School of Liberal Arts (IUPUI). He co-founded the Bradbury Center within the Institute for American Thought in 2007, and became the Center’s director in August 2011. He is also the general editor forThe Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury multi-volume series and The New Ray Bradbury Review.

In 1993 Eller retired from a twenty-year Air Force career and joined the faculty at IUPUI. Since 2000 he has edited or co-edited several limited press editions of Ray Bradbury's fiction, including The Halloween Tree (2005), Dandelion Wine (2007), and two collections of stories related to Bradbury’s publication of Fahrenheit 451 in 1953: Match to Flame (2006) and A Pleasure to Burn (2010). Eller’s most recent books include Becoming Ray Bradbury (2011) and Ray Bradbury Unbound (2014), the first two volumes of a three-volume Bradbury biography. Becoming Ray Bradbury centers on Bradbury’s early life and development as a writer through the 1953 publication of Fahrenheit 451Ray Bradbury Unboundcontinues on through the middle decades of Bradbury’s career and his rise to cultural prominence. Professor Eller also prepared and prefaced the new historical materials contained in Simon & Schuster’s 60thanniversary edition of Fahrenheit 451 (2013) and the 50th anniversary edition of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 (2011). He is currently working on the third and final volume of his Bradbury biography.