Kimberly Rae Connor

Kimberly Rae Connor

Faculty Chair for Mission Integration

Program Director • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-2869 Malloy Hall, Room 408


Kimberly Rae Connor is the author of Conversions and Visions in the Writings of African American Women (Tennessee, 1994) and Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition (Illinois, 2000), which was selected by Choice as an outstanding academic title for 2000.
She has written extensively on African American religious life and cultural production and multicultural and Ignatian pedagogy. Connor has also been active as an editor for Oxford University Press and in service to the American Academy of Religion. She is a weekly field trip leader at 826 Valencia, an organization dedicated to helping children and young adults develop writing skills.
Although trained in the humanities, Connor has brought to the School of Management an appreciation for how literary and philosophical inquiry can help develop the careers of students in management. She blogs for The Huffington Post on the same topic.
PhD, Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1991
MA, Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1988
MA, Literature and Theology, University of Bristol, England, 1981
BA, English (Magna Cum Laude), Gettysburg College, PA, 1979
Associate Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2010–present
Editor, Academy Book Series, American Academy of Religion/Oxford University Press, 2002–12
Visiting Professor, St. Mary's College
Adjunct Instructor, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Assistant Professor, James Madison University
Religion and literature; multicultural and Ignatian pedagogy; applied humanities
Selected Publications

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

"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

Awards & Distinctions

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

Chair, American Academy of Religion Publications Committee, 2011–present

Chair of Undergraduate Program Committee, School of Management, University of San Francisco, 2011–12

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