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Fr. Michael Maher
Associate Professor of History, Director Catholic Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 035
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6609

Office Location
723 E. Boone Ave.

Office Hours

Spring 2017 (office is located at 723 E. Boone Ave.):

Tuesday 2:30-4:00
Wednesday 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:00 and 2:30-3:30
Thursday 8:30-9:15

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael Maher entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1975. Fr. Maher followed a typical course of Jesuit formation that included humanities, philosophy and theology interspersed with various teaching assignments which included teaching 7th and 8th grade science to Native Americans in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, English at Sogong University in Korea, religion to boys in Omaha, Nebraska as well as teaching positions at Marquette University and Saint Louis University. A few years after ordination, he began doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota majoring in early modern European history with additional studies in Chinese History. Fr. Maher has co-edited a book on confraternities and written several articles and book chapters dealing with the implementation and influence of Jesuit practices on various groups. In recognition of his scholarship, Fr. Kolvenbach, then superior general of the Jesuits, appointed Fr. Maher to the Jesuit Historical Institute. Fr. Maher holds this membership in addition to his current position as associate professor of History at Gonzaga University as well as chair of the department of History and the Director of Catholic Studies.

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Dr. Eric Cunningham

Professor of History

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 037
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5973

Office Location
College Hall 431J

Office Hours
Spring 2017: 

Monday and Wednesday 2:15-3:15
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:00
and by appointment

Eric Cunningham began teaching at Gonzaga in the Fall of 2003. A specialist in modern Japanese history, Cunningham also teaches courses in world and East Asian history, and regularly teaches seminars in the Catholic Studies Program.

Cunningham earned a BA in History from the University of Colorado in 1984. After serving for six years as an officer in the United States Navy, Cunningham spent five years working in Japan. After returning to his home in Oregon in 1996, he entered the graduate school at the University of Oregon. In 1999 Cunningham earned an MA in East Asian Languages and Literatures, specializing in Modern Japanese Literature. He then entered the Department of History, earning a PhD in Modern Japanese History in 2004. Dr. Cunningham's areas of scholarly interest include intellectual history, Catholic Church History, popular culture, psychedelia, postmodernism, literary critical theory, consciousness studies, Zen Buddhism, and eschatology.


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