Kimberly Rae Connor, PhD, is a Professor at the University of San Francisco's School of Management where she teaches courses in ethics and leadership to students in the Masters of Public Administration and the Masters of Business Administration programs. Connor also leads a program she developed for graduate students based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She has received awards for teaching and mission advocacy at USF. Connor has also been active as an editor for Oxford University Press and in service to the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in various roles, currently serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the AAR.
Educated in literary and religious studies at Gettysburg College, The University of Bristol, England, and the University of Virginia, Connor’s books include: Conversions and Visions in the Writings of African American Women (Tennessee, 1993) and Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition (Illinois, 2000) that was selected by Choice as an outstanding academic title in the humanities for 2000. Connor received grants for her work from The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Jesuit Foundation, and The Lilly and Luce Foundations. In addition to her books she has published many articles, reviews, and reference volume entries on topics related to African American and American religion and literature, multicultural, and Ignatian pedagogy. Connor blogs for The Huffington Post on how the humanities benefit management education.