William J. O'Brien

William J. O’Brien received his PhD in systematic theology from the University of Chicago.


Before joining the Liberal Studies Program faculty in 1984, he taught at the University of Notre Dame, Catholic University, and as a visiting theologian at Georgetown University. His publications include articles ranging from Augustine and Dante to Walker Percy and Samuel Beckett, and Stories to the Dark; explorations in religions imagination. He also edited nine volumes of essays on Jesuit education, and since 2004 has served on an institutional review board for the National Institutes of Health. He brings an interdisciplinary approach to all his seminars, including Classics in the Catholic Tradition, Augustine’s Confessions, Theology and Literature, Theological Issues in 20th and 21st Century Fiction, and Understanding the Symbolic Language of Religion.