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Social Justice, Activism, Environmental racism, North American religious history, Catholic social justice traditions, Religious ethics, Spiritualities

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Jack Downey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion

Summary

Jack Downey, Ph.D. joined La Salle in 2012, upon completing his doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University. His dissertation was a study of contemplative influences on the development of Catholic Worker theology. His research interests are rooted in the convergence of mysticism and contemplation with intersectional liberation praxis. His main focus is modern North America, with American Catholic history being his primary field―along with comparative interests, particularly as related to Buddhism.

Outside the classroom, he is actively involved in nonviolent direct action education for environmental and social justice movements.

Education

  • Ph.D., M.Phil., Fordham University
  • M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
  • B.A., Wesleyan University

Publications

“Making All Things New: The Mystical Anti-Modernism of Lacouturisme in Quebec,” Arc (McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies), Vol. 41, 2013

“Tiny Drops: Henri de Lubac, Dorothy Day, & Anti-Triumphalism as Radical Praxis,” Union Seminary Quarterly Review (Union Theological Seminary), Vol. 64, No. 2-3.

“The Strong Meat of the Gospel: ‘Lacouturisme’ and the Revival of Asceticism in North America,” American Catholic Studies (Villanova University), Vol. 122, No. 4.

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