Maureen O’Connell, Ph.D.


After eight years in the Theology Department at Fordham University, Maureen H. O’Connell returned in 2013 to her native city of Philadelphia to chair the Department of Religion at LaSalle University where she is also an associate professor of Christian Ethics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Joseph’s University and a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College.

Maureen is author of the book Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in an Age of Globalization (Orbis Books, 2009) and If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice (The Liturgical Press, 2012), which won the College Theology Book of the Year Award in 2012 and the Catholic Press Association’s first place for books in theology in 2012.

Her current research project explores racial identity formation, racism and racial justice in Catholic institutions of higher education.

Maureen serves on the boards of Rosemont College and the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. She is a member of St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Germantown,PA.

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