Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies


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The faculty in the liberal studies graduate program vary across multiple disciplines to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge and course offerings for students. They are experts in their field and passionate about their subject matter. They are anxious to share their knowledge with their students and promote dialogue and further exploration of the course material.

The list below provides a thumbnail sketch of the professional interests and background for faculty teaching during the 2015-16 academic year:

David Belz has been teaching writing and communication since 1977.  He has worked in publishing and business communication since 1985 and has served as a corporate communications writer and consultant for such organizations as Constellation Energy Group, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, The Baltimore Sun Company, Becton Dickinson Diagnostics, and Network Media Partners. He holds a degree in English and Creative Writing and earned his Master’s degree in The Great Books from St. John's College in Annapolis, and studied fiction writing with James M. Cain and J.R. Salamanca at the University of Maryland. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in such publications as The Baltimore Sun, The Antietam Review, The Loch Raven Review, The Cynic, and The MacGuffin. A collection of his work, White Asparagus, was published by Apprentice House in 2010.

Patrick Brugh is the Director of the Language Learning Center and is an affiliate assistant professor in Modern Languages & Literatures and Gender Studies at Loyola University Maryland. He earned his doctorate in Germanic Languages & Literatures with a focus in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. His research looks at the connections between gender, technology, and warfare in the early modern period, especially in Germany and Central Europe. He has published articles on war, gender, and culture in Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit, The Figure in the Carpet, and The Pennsylvania Gazette. He is currently revising the manuscript to his book project, called “Black Powder Plots and Gunpowder Weapons in Early Modern Germany, 1400-1700.”

Steven Burr has developed and taught courses in the theology department at Georgetown University and the graduate liberal studies program at Loyola University Maryland. His recent book, Finite Transcendence: Existential Exile and the Myth of Home (Lexington Books, 2014), examines the human engagement, aesthetically and existentially, with the finitude and limits that define human existence. Dr. Burr completed his doctoral work at Georgetown University.

Randall Donaldson is an Associate Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of the Liberal Studies Program. He has taught in the Liberal Studies program since the mid-eighties. Dr. Donaldson did his doctoral work at Johns Hopkins, where he developed a special interest in German-American literary relations. He has made numerous presentations on German-American culture and published a number of articles on the topic as well. He currently edits the Report, the journal of the Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland, and is working on a book on the history of the German element in Maryland.

David Dougherty is Emeritus Professor of English and Liberal Studies at Loyola University Maryland. He from time to time chaired that department and for a decade directed that program. A Woodrow Wilson Dissertation fellow while at Miami University, he has published and lectured extensively on modern and post-modern American writers. He wrote two critical books and edited two others. An edition of Stanley Elkin’s A Bad Man features his foreword, “Meeting Bad Men.” His journal and reference book essays treat dozens of American and British writers, recently Elizabeth Bishop, Toni Morrison, Thomas Hardy, Ross Macdonald, W. D. Snodgrass, Laura Lippman and John Updike. He also completed a series of mini-biographies of sports figures, biographical sketches of Plantagenet English kings, and an American President. “Archetypal Batters,” (2005) studies baseball as trope in Postmodern American Fiction. The November 2007 issue of New England Review contains two Elkin short stories that Dougherty rescued from archival oblivion. Shouting Down the Silence: A Biography of Stanley Elkin came out in 2010 and if we can get him off the golf course he plans to resume work on a book about the integration of major league baseball.

Winsome G. Gayle is a supervising attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. She focuses on reforming systemic unconstitutional practices in juvenile justice, including by juvenile courts and police departments. She also leads the Division’s efforts to increase the right to counsel to indigent defendants. Prior to her current work, she was an appellate attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and worked with the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, where she conducted international white collar criminal and securities fraud investigations. She was born in Jamaica and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Rutgers College.

Drew Leder has an M.D. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. He is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola, having won awards there, both for his original research and his “engaged” teaching and scholarship, which includes books about prison life (written in conjunction with inmates), medicine and embodiment, paradigms of aging, and the spirituality of everyday life (as in his latest book, Sparks of the Divine). He has given lectures, workshops, and radio appearances around the country, and had his work featured in places as diverse as The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Family Circle, and New Age magazine. More on Dr. Drew Leder.

Graham McAleer was born and raised in England, and attended universities in England, Canada, Belgium and the USA. He is especially interested in moral theory, phenomenology, medieval philosophy, and social and political theory. His most recent book is To Kill Another: Homicide and Natural Law (Transaction, 2010).

James Quirk, a Loyola alumnus, teaches at American University and The Catholic University of America. His work has taken him to the Balkans, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and a Loyola service-immersion mission to Mexico.  He has published articles in U.S. and foreign journals, is actively engaged in the emerging scholarship about online education, and blogs for the Foreign Policy Association.  He has taught in the Liberal Studies program since 2003.

Thomas Ward is Professor of Spanish and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program at Loyola University. Among his books are La anarquía inmanentista de Manuel González Prada (New York: Peter Lang, 1998), Pumping Images (London: Minerva Press, 2000), Teoría literaria (Mississippi: Romance Monographs, 2004) and Resistencia cultural (Lima: Universidad Ricardo Palma, 2004). His most recent book, Decolonizing Indigeneity: New Approaches to Latin American Literature is under contract with Lexington Books. He has developed a variety of courses ranging from the Spanish Conquest and the nineteenth-century novel to the Latin American essay and literature from Central America and Peru. He has taught in the Liberal Studies program since the late nineties. More on Dr. Thomas Ward.