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 in Summer and Fall 2015:

Patrick J. Brugh earned his doctorate in Germanic Languages and Literatures with a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He taught in both German and Women’s Studies while at WashU. 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.

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.

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).

Jim Quirk Jim Quirk, a Loyola alumnus, teaches at American University and The Catholic University of America. His work has taken him to Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and he took Loyola undergrads on a service-immersion mission to Tijuana, Mexico. He has done policy and technology work for a defense firm, contributed to numerous conferences and scholarly journals on global affairs, and blogs for the Foreign Policy Association. He is also actively engaged in the emerging scholarship about online education.

Jim has an M.A. in international political economy and a Ph.D. in world politics. He has taught at the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria, in Loyola’s political science department, and in the Liberal Studies program since 2003.