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Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM

theology department


Mary Ann Hinsdale

Associate Professor

Stokes N343
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-8603
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Ph.D., Systematic Theology, University of St. Michael's College (Toronto)
STL, Regis College (Toronto)
MA, Religious Education, Catholic University of America
BA, Theology/GermanMarygrove College

Biographical Summary

Dr. Hinsdale is a native of Chicago. She came to Boston College in 2000 and was Director of the IREPM from 2000-03. From 1987-2000, she taught theology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She was Chair of the Religious Studies department and also served as Director of Women's Studies at Holy Cross. From 1982-87 she taught systematic theology at St. John's Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, MI. She is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe, MI).

Research Interests

Hinsdale's specializations are ecclesiology, Christology, theological anthropology, and feminist theologies. Her current research centers on multidisciplinary approaches to Catholic Studies, the use of participatory action research in theological reflection on the U.S. Catholic experience, and Mary Magdalene as a resource for women's ecclesial leadership.


Exploring Catholicism I and II
Theological Anthropology
Women and the Church
Ecology and Theology
North American Catholic Theologians

Professional Activities and Awards

President, The Catholic Theological Society of America (2010-2011); Secretary of the Catholic Theological Society of America (1996-2003); Vice-President of the College of Theology Society (1994-96); CTS Board of Directors (1986-89); Trustee, Marygrove College (1984-90; 1997-2006); recipient of "Best Book of 1987 Award" from the College Theology Society; recipient of a grant from the Louisville Institute for "A Sourcebook for Catholic Studies Programs (1999); recipient of "Best Article of 2002 Award" from the College Theology Society; recipient of the Ann O'Hara Graff Memorial Award from the Women's Seminar in Constructive Theology of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2002).

Recent Publications

"It Comes From the People": Community Development and Local Theology (with Helen Lewis and Maxine Waller) [1995]; Women and Theology' (co-edited with Phyllis Kaminiski); Faith That Transforms: Essays in Honor of Gregory Baum (co-edited with Mary Leddy) and many articles and chapters in books.

“Catholic Women Theologians: Gift of an Inculturated U.S. American Church.” In T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., ed., Inculturation and the Church in North America. New York: Crossroad, 2006.

Women Shaping Theology. Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 2006.

Co-edited with Jean Bartunek and James Keenan. Church Ethics and Its Organizational Context: Learning from the Sex Abuse Scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.

“Spirituality and the Human Creature.” In Richard Miller, II, ed. Spirituality in the 21st Century: Experiencing God in the Catholic Tradition. St. Louis, MO: Ligouri Publications, 2005.

“New Horizons in Theological Education.” In Terrence W. Tilley, ed., New Horizons in Theology. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2005, 231-43.

“’To Live at the Disposal of the Cross’: A Response to M. Shawn Copeland.” In Anne M. Clifford and Anthony J. Godzieba, eds., Christology: Memory, Inquiry, Practice. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2003, 197-205.