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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

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)
S.T.L., Regis College (Toronto)
M.A., Religious Education, Catholic University of America
A.B., Theology and German, Marygrove College

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

Selected 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.