Dr. Douglas SlawsonCollege of Letters and Sciences
Douglas J. Slawson is professor of history at National University in San Diego. He holds a Master of Divinity from the De Andreis Institute of Theology and earned a doctorate in U.S. history from The Catholic University of America. Professor Slawson served first on the faculty of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and later on the faculty of St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. After several years on the faculty at National University, he moved into administration where he held various posts, including dean of students and vice president for student affairs. He returned to teaching, his first passion, in 2007. His most recent book is Ambition and Arrogance: Cardinal William O’Connell of Boston and the American Catholic Church. His book The Department of Education Battle, 1918B1932, won the Cushwa prize for the study of American Catholicism awarded by the Cushwa Center at the University of Notre Dame. Slawson is also author of The Foundation and First Decade of the National Catholic Welfare Council and co-author of Church and Slave in Perry County, Missouri, 1818B1865. His articles have appeared in American Catholic Studies, the Americas, the Catholic Historical Review, Church History, the Missouri Historical Review, and Vincentian Heritage. Professor Slawson is currently working on the biography of Rev. John J. Burke, C.S.P. (1875–1936), founder of the National Catholic War Council (1917) and first general secretary of the National Catholic Welfare Conference (present-day United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).
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