Maureen H. O'Connell

Maureen H. O’Connell is Chair and Associate Professor of Religion and Theology at La Salle University. Her current research project, forthcoming with Beacon Press in 2021, explores the interplay between being Catholic and “becoming White” across five generations of her family’s history in the City of Philadelphia. She received the Distinguished Lasallian Educator award in 2017 from both La Salle University and the District of North Eastern North America, one of the provinces of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. She is a member of POWER (Philadelphians Organizing to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild), an interfaith coalition of more than 50 congregations committed to making Philadelphia the city of “just love” through community organizing.

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If there is one thing I’ve learned from my 20 students in a new course, “Religion and Racism in America” this semester it’s this: how we go about engaging racism in the classroom may be just as important, if not more, than what sources we use to do so. ...

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