Public and Nonprofit Administration — Public Administration
Kimberly Rae Connor

Kimberly Rae Connor

Program Director / Associate Professor

Kimberly Rae Connor, Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, is a greatly admired author and teacher of social and leadership ethics, religion, and literature, with academic focus on African American religious life and cultural production.

Professor Connor published two well-received books, Conversions and Visions in the Writings of African American Women and Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition, and the later was selected by Choice Magazine as an outstanding academic title. Dr. Connor integrates her own research into her course work, urging students to see from various cultural, religious and philosophical perspectives, helping them develop into more mindful, tolerant leaders and advocates of social justice.

Every Wednesday morning, Professor Connor leads field trips at 826 Valencia, a local non-profit dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills, nurturing their ability to observe, reflect, and share their stories. She has also worked as an instructor for the Online Refugee Education Project of the Jesuit Commons in Dzaleka, Malawi and Kakuma, Kenya.


Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1991
M.A., Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1988
M.A., Literature and Theology, University of Bristol, England, 1981
B.A., English (Magna Cum Laude), Gettysburg College, PA, 1979

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.

"Worrying the Line: Blues as Story, Song, and Prayer," Blues- Philosophy for Everyone, Eds. Abrol Fairweather and Jesse Steinberg, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012

"Taking a Long View: A Reflection on the El Salvador Immersion Experience," 2012

"Reading From the Heart Out: Chief Bromden Through Indigenous Eyes," Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2011

;"Mystic Chords of Memory: The Legacy of Nathan A. Scott, Jr.," Christianity and Literature, Vol. 59, No. 1, 2009

"Engaging History in Collaborative Mythmaking: An Interview with Russell Banks," Conversations with Russell Banks, Ed. David Roche, Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2010

"African American Religious Literature," Encyclopedia of Religion in America, ;Eds. Charles Lippy and Peter Williams, Sage/CQ Press, 2010

Honors and Awards

John Miller Mission Support and Advocacy Award, University of San Francisco School of Management, 2012

Teacher of the Year, University of San Francisco, USF College of Professional Studies, 2003

Outstanding Academic Book (Humanities), Choice, for Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition, 2000


Editor, Academy Book Series, American Academy of Religion/Oxford University Press, 2002-2012.

Chair, American Academy of Religion Publications Committee, 2011 - present.

Associate Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2010 - present.

Chair of Undergraduate Program Committee, School of Management, University of San Francisco, 2011 - 2012.

Curator, "Textimonies: Early Etchings and Stencils by Glenn Ligon." Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco, January 23-February 27, 2011

Facilitator, Center for Teaching Excellence, Ignatian Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community, 2013-14

Kimberly Connor, University of San Francisco School of Management