Deborah Kelly

Deborah Kelly
Phone: (619) 260-7596
Office: Coronado 210

Clinical Professor of Economics

  • DBA, Alliant International University, Strategic Management
  • MS, Arizona State University, Economics
  • BS, Arizona State University, Economics

Deborah Kelly, clinical professor of economics, joined the University of San Diego School of Business in 2008. Prior to joining USD, she was a branch manager at a financial institution, software engineer at General Dynamics and part-time faculty member at Palomar Community College and Alliant International University. Kelly researches social impact and strategic success of human service sector nonprofit organizations, and developed a survey to rate nongovernmental organizations in China on their transparency, effectiveness and social impact. Other research interests include student loan debt, generations in the workplace, behavioral economics and perceptions of online education. Honorary societies include Sigma Iota Epsilon, a national honorary and professional management fraternity and Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international economics honor society. She has received an honorary membership into Alpha Kappa Psi for being a teacher of impact and has been recognized as a professor of impact at the annual USD Scholar Athlete Luncheon.

Areas of Expertise

microeconomics, strategic management, nonprofit social impact, behavioral economics, online education


  • The Dorothy L. Harris Award for Women in Leadership

Selected Publications

  • Kelly, D. (1985) Market Analyisis Program: Requirements and Capabilities, General Dynamics, III(2), 29-59.
  • Kelly, D., Lewis, A. (2010) Funding of human service sector nonprofit organizations, Business Strategy Series, 11(3), 192-199.
  • Kelly, D., Lewis, A. (2009) Human Service Sector Nonprofit Organization's Social Impact, Business Strategy Series, 10(6), 374-382.
  • Custin, R., Kelly, D., Ondatje , J. (2016) Is It Time To Revisit The Feres Doctrine? The Disparate Treatment of Active Duty Military Personnel under The Federal Tort Claims Act, Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, 22(Winter 2016), 1-7.
  • Rebman, C., Booker, Q., Kelly, D., Custin, R. (2015) An Exploratory Study of Student Perceptions of Media Articles in the Mainstream, Issues in Information Systems/International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS), 16(IV), 124-131.