Kimberly Rae Connor received a B.A. in English from Gettysburg College, an M.A. in Literature and Theology from the University of Bristol, England, and a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from the University of Virginia. She is a Professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco where she developed and leads a program for MBA students based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and where she has received awards for teaching and mission advocacy.
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 published many articles, reviews, and reference volume entries on topics related to African American and American religion and literature, multicultural, and Ignatian pedagogy. Connor serves as Secretary of the Board of the American Academy of Religion. Connor blogs for USF on how the humanities benefit management education.