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Andrew O’Connor

Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Programs: Theology and Religious Studies

Andrew O’Connor joined St. Norbert College in fall 2019. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in world religions & world church with an emphasis on Islamic studies. He never thought he would end up teaching world religions and theology—his undergraduate degree was in history and his master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies. He started taking Arabic on a whim during his undergraduate studies and was able to make a trip to Egypt for the first time in December 2009 to conduct research for his senior thesis. Andrew began to grow enamored with the Arab world, and later went on to travel to Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco. During his master’s program, he started to spend more time reading the Qur’an and discovered his chief academic interest: the Qur’an and its relationship to Jewish and Christian traditions.

His current projects including writing a book about the notion of “prophethood” in the Qur’an and a book chapter about the Qur’an’s presentation of Saul, David and Solomon.

At SNC, Andrew teaches courses on world religions and comparative theology. He particularly enjoys fostering appreciative knowledge of different religious traditions and encouraging students to seek the betterment of their Religious Other.

Andrew’s other hobbies including traveling, reading fiction, brewing, camping and spending time with his family.

Courses
THRS 117 Theological Foundations
THRS 339 World Scriptures
THRS 340 World Religions in Dialogue
THRS 343 Muslim-Christian Theologies in Dialogue
THRS 350 Christianity and Religious Diversity

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