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Erin Brigham


Erin Brigham 

Erin Brigham has taught Catholic theology and social thought at the University of San Francisco since 2008. She completed her PhD at the Graduate Theological Union with her dissertation on the implications of Jürgen Habermas's critical theory on ecumenical dialogue. Her current research focuses on theological questions that emerge in moments of dialogue especially ecumenism, contemporary Catholic ecclesiology, and religion in the public sphere. Recent publications include: See, Judge, Act: Catholic Social Teaching and Service Learning (Anselm Academic, 2013), Sustaining the Hope for Unity: Ecumenical Dialogue in a Post-modern World (Liturgical Press, 2012), “Women’s Voices as Critical Resources for Reading the Signs of the Times,” in The Church in the Modern World Fifty Years After Gaudium et Spes: Reading the Signs of the Times, Erin Brigham, ed. (Lexington Press, 2015), and “Women Religious and the Public Voice of Catholicism,” in The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Vol 31/2 (2015).  VIEW ERIN'S FULL PROFILE

Joseph Nguyen, S.J.


Joseph Nguyen

I am a Jesuit Priest of the U.S. West Province of the Society of Jesus. Prior to coming to the University of San Francisco, I was a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University for five years where I taught courses in Catholic Christian foundations and Christian and Ignatian spirituality and served as the Associate Director for the Catholic Studies program. I earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in 2015 with the dissertation on the theology of divine union in Maximus the Confessor and Ignatius of Loyola. My area of specialty is systematic theology and Christian Spirituality with an emphasis on early Christian spiritual theology and Ignatian spirituality. I published one book: Apatheia in the Christian Tradition: An Ancient Spirituality and Its Contemporary Relevance (Cascade Books, 2018), and am currently writing the second book: Christian Contemplation: Theological Foundations and Contemporary Practice (forthcoming). The Jesuit theologian, Karl Rahner, S.J., once said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” His saying has become the guide in my approach to theology and spirituality. I join the Department of Theology and Religious Studies as an assistant professor in the fall of 2020.

Kimberly Rae Connor


Kim Connor 

Kimberly Rae Connor is the author of Conversions and Visions in the Writings of African American Women (Tennessee, 1994) and Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition (Illinois, 2000), which was selected by Choice as an outstanding academic title for 2000. She has written extensively on African American religious life and cultural production and multicultural and Ignatian pedagogy. Connor has also been active as an editor for Oxford University Press and in service to the American Academy of Religion. She is a weekly field trip leader at 826 Valencia, an organization dedicated to helping children and young adults develop writing skills. Although trained in the humanities, Connor has brought to the School of Management an appreciation for how literary and philosophical inquiry can help develop the careers of students in management. She blogs for The Huffington Post on the same topic. VIEW KIMBERLY'S PROFILE

Barwendé Médard Sané, SJ


Barwende Sane

Barwendé Médard Sané, SJ is a Jesuit Priest from Burkina Faso who graduated from Santa Clara University (CA) in 2013. Before receiving an S.T.L. and Th.M. in Social Ethics from Santa Clara, he earned degrees in Theology and Philosophy from African universities. He has fourteen years of experience in African conflict regions (Democratic Republic of Congo - Chad - Ivory Coast - Central Africa Republic), including five years as director of the University Catholic Centre of Bangui, Central African Republic. He helped address the political and religious crisis, which occurred in 2013, by founding two civil organizations: Le Réseau des Volontaires de la Paix and Le Conseil National de la Non-Violence Active. In 2018, the President of Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera, awarded Barwendé the honorary medal for excellence in educational programs. His research interests are in Pan-Africanism, revolutions and peace-building education. Barwendé is the author of four books largely exploring revolutions, human rights, positive change, and peace-building education: Révolution pour une Afrique Nouvelle, 151 Pyramides pour fonder les États-Unis d’Afrique, (Paris, l’Harmattan 2013), Réaliser les droits humains avec Martin Luther King, Jr., (Paris, l’Harmattan 2014); From the Inner Mountain to the Common Good with Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr., (Mauritius, Editions Croix du Salut, 2017); and Manuel d’éducation à la paix à l’usage des formateurs en Centrafrique, (Bangui, Éditions-jésuites-CCU, 2018). He is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at the School of Education, University of San Francisco (USF) and living in the USF Jesuit Community.