Kimberly Rae Connor

Kimberly Rae Connor

Professor, Program Director for Management Exercises, 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). 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.

Although trained in the humanities, Connor has brought to the School of Management an appreciation for how spiritual,  literary, and philosophical inquiry can help develop the careers of students in management. She blogs for USF Blogs on the same topic.

Faculty Chair for Mission Integration, Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition, 2019-
Secretary, Board of Directors, American Academy of Religion, 2017-2021
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, 2010–17
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
African American Religious and Literary Culture
Religion and Literature
Ignatian Pedagogy
Applied Humanities
Selected Publications

"Redeeming the Age in Which We Live: Ignazio Silone’s The Story of a Humble Christian." Religions. 10.9 (2019):

"Redeeming the Human Reality: African American Religion and Literature." Teaching Religion and Literature. Eds. Daniel Boscaljon and Alan Levinovitz New York: Routledge, 2018: 82-97.

"Mystery and Bad Manners: Flannery O’Connor and Mary Karr." The Flannery O’Connor Review. 15 (August 2017): 70-79.

"The Management Exercises: A Way Forward With Purpose." With Richard W. Stackman. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal. 5.2 (2016): 40-55.

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

Awards & Distinctions

Outstanding Faculty Award, Professor, School of Management, 2018.

Outstanding Faculty Award, Professor, School of Management, 2016.

Undergraduate Office Service Award, School of Management, 2016.

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 and JAAR Editor Search Committee, 2011-2014

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