Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies


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The faculty in the liberal studies graduate program vary across multiple disciplines to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge and course offerings for students. They are experts in their field and passionate about their subject matter. They are anxious to share their knowledge with their students and promote dialogue and further exploration of the course material.

The list below provides a thumbnail sketch of the professional interests and background for faculty teaching in Fall 2014:

Paul Richard Blum is T.J. Higgins, S.J., Chair in Philosophy. He specializes in the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophical anthropology. Among his publications is the book Philosophy of Religion in the Renaissance. In 2012 he received the Nachbahr Award for scholarship.

David Dougherty is Emeritus Professor of English and Liberal Studies at Loyola University Maryland.  He from time to time chaired that department and for a decade directed that program. A Woodrow Wilson Dissertation fellow while at Miami University, he has published and lectured extensively on modern and post-modern American writers.  He wrote two critical books and edited two others.   An edition of Stanley Elkin’s A Bad Man features his foreword, “Meeting Bad Men.” His journal and reference book essays treat dozens of American and British writers, recently Elizabeth Bishop, Toni Morrison, Thomas Hardy, Ross Macdonald, W. D. Snodgrass, Laura Lippman and John Updike. He also completed a series of mini-biographies of sports figures, biographical sketches of Plantagenet English kings, and an American President. “Archetypal Batters,” (2005) studies baseball as trope in Postmodern American Fiction.  The November 2007 issue of New England Review contains two Elkin short stories that Dougherty rescued from archival oblivion.  Shouting Down the Silence: A Biography of Stanley Elkin came out in 2010 and if we can get him off the golf course he plans to resume work on a book about the integration of major league baseball.

Lou Hinkel teaches in the English Department at Loyola University Maryland and is the Director of Program Operations for the Graduate Program in Liberal Studies. He’s offered courses in British and American literature, and you’ll usually find him reading Shakespeare with someone somewhere. His scholarly interests extend to contemporary drama (including film and television), religion and literature, and comics.