Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies

Faculty & Staff

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The faculty in Graduate Program in Liberal Studies 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 currently teaching in the Graduate Program in Liberal Studies.

Steven A. Burr is Director of Program Operations and Affiliate Instructor in the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Loyola University Maryland, and Editor-in-Chief of Confluence–The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. His first 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. More recently, he has written on identity, marginalization, and liberal education for the journal Zeteo. He completed his doctoral work in liberal studies at Georgetown University, where he also developed and taught courses until 2012. 

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 has just completed a number of projects on the history of the German element in Maryland, including the foreword to the reprint of Dieter Cunz’ classic, The Maryland Germans.

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.

Catriona Hanley was the founding director of Loyola’s Peace and Justice Studies Program. She presents papers internationally in the field of Peace Studies, most recently on the Italian anti-fascist philosopher of nonviolence, Aldo Capitini. Her doctoral work at Loyola University Chicago was preceded by degrees from McGill and the Université de Montréal. Research interests include the philosophy of peace, peace and justice studies, twentieth-century continental thought and Greek philosophy. Her first love and enduring interest is in “big question” philosophy, as her work on Aristotle, Heidegger and the question of being attests.

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, a Loyola alumnus, teaches at American University and The Catholic University of America. His work has taken him to Israel-Palestine, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, across the Balkans, and on a Loyola service-immersion mission to Mexico.  He publishes in U.S. and foreign journals and newspapers, 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.