"Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we will not give up." Galatians 6:9

Margaret McManus, Associate Professor of Historical and Theological Studies

Margaret McManus

Associate Professor of Historical and Theological Studies

Contact Margaret McManus

mmcmanus@absw.edu; (510) 841-1905 X223

B.A., Our Lady of the Lake College

M.A., Graduate Theological Union

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union


Commitment to the ministry of teaching is foundational to my life, beginning in an Alexandria, Louisiana, junior high school many years ago and leading in August, 2000, to my faculty appointment at ABSW.  During my career as an educator, I also have served on high school and college faculties, teaching U.S. History and Religious Studies.  I have worked as full-time pastoral staff in a large suburban congregation, developing retreat, youth ministry, adult education, and worship programs.  And, I have co-directed two program centers focused on women’s issues/studies in church and society.


At ABSW, I offer courses in my doctoral field of study, U.S. Religious History, with an emphasis on religion and social justice as well as on U.S. women’s history.  Recently, I developed a course entitled “Religious Readings: African American Women’s Literature,” which examines the lives, social activism, and literary productions of eight 19th century African American women.  In addition, I have an interest in earliest Christian history, especially as it relates to historical Jesus studies and to early Christian communities’ understandings of Jesus as Christ.    




Encyclopedia Articles on: Fanny Jackson Coppin, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Lugenia Burns Hope, National Black Sisters' Conference, Leonora O'Reilly, Mary Kenney O'Sullivan, Sarah Parker Remond, the Sisters of Loretto, Marjorie Tuite in The Westminster Handbook to Women in American Religious History, edited by Susan Hill Lindley and Eleanor J. Stebner (2008).

Book Review:  Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence,1828-1860 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2002) by Diane Batts Morrow in Church History 74:3 (September, 2005): 646-648.

Conference Paper:  “An Unlikely Companionship: Vida Scudder and Catherine of Siena” (2005).


Dissertation:  “‘From Deep Wells of Religious Faith’: An Interpretation of Vida Scudder’s Social Activism, 1887-1912” (1999).