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Professor Kathleen Maas Weigert


Prof Kathleen Maas WeigertKathleen Maas Weigert is the Carolyn Farrell, BVM Professor of Women and Leadership and Assistant to the Provost for Social Justice Initiatives at Loyola University Chicago. After receiving the B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, she obtained the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame where she worked in a variety of positions until heading to Georgetown University in January of 2001. She served there as the founding director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service and Research Professor in both Sociology and the Justice & Peace Studies Program.

She has lectured, facilitated workshops, taught and published on such topics as experiential and community-based learning, nonviolence, the Catholic social tradition, and education for justice and peace. A co-editor of America’s Working Poor (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995), she is also one of the authors of The Search for Common Ground:  What Unites and Divides Catholic Americans. She is co-editor of Teaching for Justice:  Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Peace Studies (American Association of Higher Education, 1999) and Living the Catholic Social Tradition:  Cases and Commentary (Sheed and Ward, 2005).

Dr. Maas Weigert is currently researching social justice ideas in the work of Jane Addams, writing a piece on structural violence against women, and participating in a multi-university research project on how college students learn and appropriate the Catholic social tradition.