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Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, Department of Religion

Areas of Expertise:

American Catholicism Catholic sisters and nuns Catholic studies Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Religion and civil rights


Ph.D., MPhil., Union Theological Seminary
MTS, Biblical and Historical Studies, Boston University
A.B., American History and Civilization, Boston University


Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D., arrived at La Salle University in 2006 and has served as the chair of the Religion Department and Vice President of Mission. She was formerly co-editor and associate editor of American Catholic Studies, and president of the American Catholic Historical Association in 2013.

McGuinness has authored several books, including Called to Serve: A History of American Nuns (NYU Press, 2013), Neighbors and Missionaries: A History of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine (Fordham, 2012), and Roman Catholicism in the United States: A Thematic History, which she co-edited with James T. Fisher (Fordham, 2010). The Catholic Studies Reader, which she also co-edited with James T. Fisher (Fordham, 2011), was awarded first place in “History” by the Catholic Press Association.

Media appearances: Time Magazine