Advisory Board

Joan Lane, together with her husband, the late Ralph Lane, Jr., founded the Lane Center in 2004. Generous benefactors to USF and other local charities, the Lanes have supported Peace Review, an international journal on social justice, the Ralph and Joan Lane Essay Prize, and several conferences and events focused on Catholic social thought. Ralph Lane taught in the sociology department at USF from 1958-1988. lane_joan
Kimberly Connor attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where she received a B.A. in English in 1979. In 1981 she earned an M.A. in Literature and Theology at the University of Bristol, England, and completed her graduate studies at the University of Virginia, receiving a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature in 1991. Kim Connor
Julia Dowd is the Director of University Ministry, USF Julia previously served as the Assistant Director of the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. Dowd, Julia
Tim Iglesias is professor of the USF School of Law where he specializes in property law, housing discrimination, land use, and local government law. He has published widely on the topic of affordable housing development. Prior to coming to USF he served as deputy director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. Tim Iglesias
Mike Lehmann is professor emeritus in the economics department, and founder of the USF Faculty Association. He teaches economic history and principles of economics and is the author of the best-selling Irwin Guide To Using The Wall Street Journal. He was part of the faculty leadership team that established the Lane Center and served as the first chair of its advisory committee. lehman_michael.jpg
Lois Lorentzen is professor of social ethics in the department of theology and religious studies and director of the Religion and Immigration Project (TRIP ) funded by the Pew Charitable Trust. She is the acting faculty director of the Catholic Studies and Social Thought program during the Spring of 2007. She is the author of many publications on immigration, environmental ethics, bioethics, gender and religion.


Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., Ph.D. is director of the St. Ignatius Institute, Professor of Psychology and Prefect of Studies for the California Province of the Jesuits. Fr. Manuel's areas of scholarship include coping with stress and traumatic life events and the relationship of psychology, faith, and religious life.  Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., Ph.D.
Shirley McGuire is professor of psychology. Her areas of expertise are children's social and personality development, twin/sibling similarities, and juvenile delinquency. She is the director of the Twins, Adoptees, Peers, and Siblings Study (TAPS ) based at USF. Shirley serves as president of the USF LGBTQ Caucus and co-directed the Communities in Conversation project with the Lane Center. mcguire_s.jpg
Marjolein Oele is assistant professor of philosophy. She has a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Loyola University Chicago. Her primary interests are in Ancient Philosophy and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and she has published articles in both areas. oele_m.jpg
Mark Miller is an Assistant Professor of systematic theology at USF. His interests focus on anthropology, soteriology, political theology, Trinity, and Christology. miller_m.jpg
Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He has a Masters of Education in Religious Education from Boston College (1995), as well as a Masters (STL, 1999) and Doctorate (STD, 2003) in New Testament exegesis from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain) in Belgium. He currently serves as the Director of the Catholic Studies and Social Thought minor at USF. pizzuto_v.jpg
Mark Potter is the Provincial Assistant for Social Ministries with the California Province of the Society of Jesus. He has previously served as the Chair of Board of Directors at the Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Southwest and as the Assistant Director for the Center for Service & Action at Loyola Marymount University.  potter

Past Advisory Board Members:

Jorge Aquino (2008-2010)
David Batstone (2006-2009)
James Bretzke, SJ (2005-2007)
Martin Claussen (2005-2007)
John Fitzgibbons, SJ (2007-2009)
Ralph Lane, Jr. (2005-2007)
Scott McElwain (2006-2007)
Sean Michaelson, SJ (2008-2012)
Mario Prietto, SJ (2006-2011)
Patricia J. Schulz (2005-2012)
Annick T.R. Wibben (2008-2012)