Maureen O’Connell, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
McShain Hall 208
Dr. O’Connell spent eight years in the Department of Theology at Fordham University in New York City before returning home to Philadelphia in the Fall of 2013 to chair the Department of Religion at La Salle. She authored 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 explores the arts as source of ethical wisdom and catalyst for moral action and which won the College Theology Book of the Year Award in 2012, as well as 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 on Catholic college campuses. She serves on the board of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies and is the Vice President of the College Theology Society.
Areas of Expertise
Christian/Catholic social ethics
The arts and social justice
Racism and racial justice
Ph.D., Theological Ethics, Boston College
B.A., History, Saint Joseph’s University
“Religious Ethics in the 21st Century: Spheres of Relationship,” in Religious Ethics in the 21st Century, ed. Paul Myhre. Winona, WI: Anselm Academic, 2012, 21-47.
“Can You Sin When You Vote?” in Voting and Holiness: A Catholic's Guide to Participating in the Political Process, ed. Nicholas Cafardi. New York: Paulist Press, 2012, 197-214.
“Shall We Dance? Aesthetic Solidarity: The Antidote to Superficiality,” in Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, 40 (Fall 2011): 13-14.
“Jus Ante Bellum: Faith-Based Diplomacy and the Christian Traditions on War and Peace,” The Journal of Peace and Justice Studies, 21.1 (Fall, 2011), 3-30.
“Common Beauty and the Common Good: Theological Aesthetics and Justice in Urban America,” The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 31,1 (2011): 123-141.
“Catholic Studies and The Catholic Sacramental Imaginary: New Directions in Catholic Humanism,” in A Catholic Studies Reader, ed. Margaret McGuinness and James Fisher, Fordham University Press, 2011, 372-393.
“The Art of Forgiveness: Community Murals, Theological Aesthetics and Restorative Justice,” in Forgiveness, Journal of the Theology Institute, Vol. XLI, 2010.
If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2012.
She Who Imagines: Contemporary Feminist Aesthetics, co-edited with Laurie Cassidy. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, November 2012.
Religion, Economics and Culture in Conflict and Conversation, co-edited with Laurie M. Cassidy. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2011.
Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in an Age of Globalization. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009
“No More Time for Nostalgia: Millennial Ethics and Remixing the Catholic Moral Tradition,” College Theology Society, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 2 June 2013.
“Confessing Complicity: Catholic Moral Theology and White Claims to Moral Goodness in Racial Injustice,” Catholic Theological Society of America, St. Louis, MO, 6 June 2012.
“The Age of Obama: Continuity and Change in War and Peacemaking,” panel presentation at the Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting, Washington, D.C., 7 January 2012.
“The Dangerous apriori of Whiteness in Philosophical Theology,” panel presentation in the Philosophical Theology section of the College Theology Society, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, 6 June 2011.
“Aesthetic Solidarity and a Tactile Common Good,” Catholic Theological Ethics in a World Church, Trento, Italy, 27 July 2010.