Barbara A. McGraw

Barbara A.

Overview

Department: 
School of Economics and Business Administration » Organizations and Responsible Business
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Contact Information: 

Office
Galileo Hall - 316

Contact:
Phone: 4061
Fax: 376-5625
Email: bmcgraw@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 4230

Education

  • Ph.D. Religion and Social Ethics, University of Southern California, 1999
  • Masters Religion and Social Ethics, University of Southern California, 1997
  • Juris Doctor University of Southern California Law Center, 1984

Professional Licenses & Certifications:

  • Member - United States Supreme Court (2004-Present)
  • Licensed Attorney - State of California (1984-Present)

Professional Experience

Academic Experience:

  • Director - Saint Mary's College of California (2015-present) Interfaith Leadership Program
  • Director - Saint Mary's College of California (2008 - Present) Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism. Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga.
  • Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (2005 - Present)
  • Associate Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (2000 - 2005)
  • Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (1998 - 2000)
  • Teaching Assistant - University of Southern California (1994 - 1997)

Other Professional Experience:

  • Attorney - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (1986 - 1991)
  • Attorney - Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (1984 - 1986)

Fellowships:

  • Northrop Grumman Ethics Fellowship - (1997)
  • Department Fellow - School of Religion, University of Southern California (1997)
  • Fellowship, Dean of College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences - University of Southern California (1997)
    1993-97

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Interfaith Leadership in Business and the Professions
  • Religion and Politics
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Global Perspectives in Business and Society
  • Religious Pluralism and California Prisons

Service

Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism/Saint Mary's College of California:

  • Director
    (May 2008 - Present)
    "Religious Pluralism Engaging Political Culture and Public Policy"

Interfaith Leadership Program/Saint Mary's College of California:

  • Director
    (2015 - Present)

Numerous Task Forces and Committees at Saint Mary's College of California

Committee for the Public Understanding of Religion/American Academy of Religion

  • Member
    (2012-2016)

Religion & Politics Section of the American Academy of Religion:

  • Co-Chair
    (2003 - 2008)

Religion & Politics Section of the American Political Science Association:

  • Executive Council Member
    (2004 - 2006)

Western Region/American Academy of Religion:

  • Vice-President/Program Chair, President, Past President
    (2000 - 2003)
  • Board of Directors
    (1996 - 2003)

Pluralism Project at Harvard University:

  • Affiliate
    (2005 - Present)

Civil Rights Advocacy:

  • Pro Bono Advocate/Prison Religion Issues
    (1998 - 2014) Religious pluralism and religious exercise accommodation issues in correctional institutions

Presentations

Academic Conference Presentations (since 2000)

  • Nov. 2017. “The Fourth Dissestablishment: Legitimacy and Religious Minorities.” Paper presentation at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting. Boston, MA.
  • “Nov.2017 and previously 2008-2016. "Religious Pluralism in Correctional Institutions: Promise and Peril." Presentation/Workshop at the Governmental Chaplaincy and Religious Diversity conference in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion annual meeting. San Antonio, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL.; Atlanta, GA; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD, San Diego, CA; Atlanta, GA; San Antonio, TX; Boston, MA .
  • Aug. 2017. . “The Fourth Dissestablishment: Legitimacy and Religious Minorities.” Paper presentation at the American Political Science Association annual meeting. San Francisco, CA.
  • Nov. 2016.  CHAPLAINS. Film presentation and special panel discussion on chaplaincy in the U.S. Panel organizer, panelist, and moderator. American Academy of Religion annual meeting.
  • Nov. 2015 “Religious Liberty, the Supreme Court, RFRA and RLUIPA.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting. Special Topic Forum for the Public Understanding of Religion Committee. Atlanta, GA. Panel organizer and panelist.
  • Nov. 2014 “The Doniger Affair: Censorship, Self-Censorship, and the Role of the Academy in the Public Understanding of Religion.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting. Special Topic Forum for the Public Understanding of Religion Committee. San Diego, CA. Panel organizer, panelist, and moderator.
  • Nov. 2013 “Scholar-Activists: Academics Making a Difference in the Public Sphere.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting. Baltimore, MD. Panel organizer, moderator, and discussant.
  • Nov. 2013 “Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Survey on Religion in Prisons.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting. Chicago, IL. Panel organizer, moderator, and discussant.
  • Feb. 2012 “Moral Economy in Global Perspective: Protestantism, Confucianism, Islam, and Hinduism.” International Conference on Spiritual Paradigm for Surmounting the Global Management Crisis. School of Management Sciences, Varanasi (Benares), India.
  • Dec. 2011 “Moral Economy in Global Perspective.” 5th Annual International City-Break Conference. Athens Institute for Education and Research. Athens, Greece.
  • Oct. 2008 “Pluralism and God-Talk in the Public Square.” Invited Panelist. “Faith in Politics Forum/Religion in America.” The Religion, Politics and Globalization Program. University of California, Berkeley.
  • July 2007 “Civil Discourse Across Sacred Boundaries.” Plenary Address for the Society for Values in Higher Education, Annual Fellows Meeting. Baltimore, MD.
  • Nov. 2007 “Speaking Truth to Power: Religious Accommodation of Inmates in California Correctional Institutions.” American Academy of Religion, National Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Aug. 2006 "Pluralism as Political Power." Panel organizer and presenter. American Political Science Association, National Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Nov. 2005 "The Supreme Court and Religion." Invited panelist. Special Session sponsored by the Committee for the Public Understanding of Religion, a standing committee of the American Academy of Religion. American Academy of Religion, National Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Nov. 2004 “Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously." Panel organizer and presenter. American Academy of Religion National Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX.
  • Oct. 2004 “Authors Meet Critics––Religion On Trial.” Invited “critic” of a new work by Phillip Hammond, et al. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion National Annual Conference. Kansas City, MO.
  • Sept. 2004 “Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously." Panel organizer and presenter. American Political Science Association, National Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • March 2004 "Religion, Economics, and Business." Special session organizer and presenter. American Academy of Religion/Western Region, Annual Conference. Whittier, CA.
  • Nov. 2003 "America’s Sacred Ground and the Marketplace: Religious and Moral Roots of Economic Freedom.” Paper presentation. American Academy of Religion, National Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  • March 2002 “Religion, Pluralism, and American Identity in the Wake of September 11th.” Presidential Address. American Academy of Religion/Western Region Annual Conference. Moraga, CA.
  • Nov. 2001 “New Religious Movements and the Problem of Legitimacy: How Seeking and Requiring Legal/Political Acceptance Undermines Religious Freedom in America.” Paper presentation. American Academy of Religion, National Annual Conference. Denver, CO.
  • Nov. 2000 “Interfaith Discourse, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization: Mission or Minefield?" Panel organizer and respondent. American Academy of Religion, National Annual Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • April 2000 “Women and the Academy.” Organizer, presenter, and moderator. Plenary event for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Western Region. Azuza, CA.
  • April 2000 “Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy.” Paper presentation. Conference on Academic Freedom and Religious Academic Institutions, sponsored by AAR, AAUP, and Baylor University. Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Other Selected Speeches and Presentations (since 2000)

  • Oct. 2017. “Transforming Leadership for a Religiously Diverse World.” .” Invited speech and faculty workshop at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA. (Also, invited in-class lecturer on religious diversity in the workplace.)
  •  Apr. 2017. “Interfaith Leadership as Transforming Leadership.” Invited speech and faculty workshop at George Tech. Atlanta, GA.
  • Oct. 2016. “Why Religious Literacy Matters for Business Professionals.”  Invited Speech.  University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. Sponsored by the Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. (Also, meeting with council of deans and facilitating faculty workshops on curriculum development.)
  • Mar. 2016.  “Toward Core Competencies in Interfaith Studies.” Panelist. Interfaith Studies: Curricular Programs & Core Competencies. California Lutheran University/Interfaith Youth Core Conference.  Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Jan. 2016. “Teaching Interfaith Leadership for Business and the Professions.” Presentation.  Interfaith in Catholic Higher Education pre-conference program. Association for Catholic Colleges and Universities annual meeting. Washington, D.C.
  • Oct. 2015   “Interfaith Leadership in Business: How Business Can Contribute to Interreligious Cooperation and Promote Compassion and Peace.” Speech.  2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Jan. 2015. “Serving Those Who Serve: Safeguarding Religious Free Exercise.” Plenary Speech. National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces annual conference.
  • April 2014 “Caste, Cows, and Curriculum: A Panel Discussion on California Textbooks.”  Panelist. Hindu American Foundation. San Ramon, CA. (With Vamsee Juluri, Professor of Media Studies at USF; Maha Elgenaidi, Founder Islamic Networks Group; and Vineet Sharma, HAF Executive Council Member)
  • June & Aug. 2010 White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships’ convening 2010 on Advancing Interfaith Engagement in Colleges and Universities.  Invited Participant. White House Complex, Washington, D.C. and DePaul University, Chicago, IL.
  • April, June, 2009, and Jan 2010.  “The Founding Father’s Religious Reasons for Separation of Church and State.” Orange County Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (April 2009); the Marin Interfaith Council (June 2009); Kiwanis of La Morinda (Jan. 2010).
  • Jan 2010 “America’s Sacred Ground and the Marketplace.” Speech. Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. Kensington, CA.
  • March 2009 “From Tolerance to Pluralism in the Public Square.” Pluralism, Tolerance, and Freedom Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College. Norfolk, VA
  • Oct. 2009 “Interfaith Work and Higher Education.” Interfaith Youth Core Conference on Leadership for a Religiously Diverse World. Invited Panelist/Eboo Patel Presiding. Chicago, IL.
  • Nov. 2009 “Religious Pluralism and California Prisons.” Speech. Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. Concord, CA.
  • Dec. 2009. “Democracy and Religious Diversity in Global Perspective.” Parliament of the World’s Religions. Invited Speaker/David Saperstein presiding. Melbourne, Australia.
  • April 2008 “Rethinking Chaplaincy in a Pluralistic Context: American Values & RLUIPA.” Keynote address at the annual conference of the American Correctional Chaplains Association/Northeastern Division. Long Branch, NJ.
  • July 2007. “Civil Discourse Across Sacred Boundaries.” Plenary Address for the Society for Values in Higher Education, Annual Fellows Meeting. Baltimore, MD.
  • Oct. 2006 “The Christian Left: How Conservatives Co-Opted Christianity and What Can Be Done About It.” Invited Panelist. Shaking the Foundations Conference. Stanford University Law School.
  • Oct. 2006 "Civil Discourse Across Sacred Boundaries." “Special Topics Lecture” for the "Difficult Dialogue Initiative" of the Ford Foundation at Trinity College. San Antonio, TX.
  • Sept. 2006 "Civil Discourse Across Sacred Boundaries." Opening lecture in the "Difficult Dialogues Initiative" of the Ford Foundation at San Jose State University. San Jose, CA.
  • Sept. 2006 "Rediscovering America's Sacred Ground." Colloquium presentation. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA.
  • Feb. 2006 "Religious Reasons as Public Reasons." Howard Garfield Lecture Series at Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA.
  • April & Oct. 2005. "Rethinking Chaplaincy in a Pluralistic Context." Keynote Address at the 2005 annual meeting for the Associated Chaplains in California State Service. Visalia, CA (October). Also presented at the annual conference of the American Correctional Chaplains Association/Southeastern Division "Correctional Chaplains Building Bridges for a New Day" Conference. Raleigh, NC (April).
  • April 2005 "Bridging the Divide Between Secular Left and Religious Right." Speaker and panelist for an event sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice. San Jose, CA.
  • Feb. 2005 "America's Sacred Ground: The Founding Fathers' Religious Reasons for Separation of Church and State." Address at the San Fernando Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Studio City, CA.
  • Dec. 2004 "Rediscovering America's Sacred Ground." Speech at the Oklahoma Conference of Churches. Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Dec. 2004 "Rediscovering America's Sacred Ground." Speech at the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Oklahoma City, OK.
  • July 2004 "Religion and Politics after September 11th." Speaker and panelist for an event sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California. San Jose, CA.
  • April 2004 “America's Sacred Ground: Moving the Public Religion Debate Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left." Speech at the Commonwealth Club of California. San Francisco, CA.
  • March 2004 "Is Our Nation a Nation Under God?" Lecture in the Faculty Forum Lecture Series, Saint Mary's College of California. Moraga, CA.
  • July 2003 “Ethics Beyond Humanism: Implications of America’s Sacred Ground for Codes of Ethics.” Speech for the Business & Organizational Ethics Partnership of the Markkula Center of Santa Clara University at Xilinx Corporation. San Jose, CA.
  • May 2003 "America's Sacred Ground: The Founding Fathers' Religious Reasons for Separation of Church and State." Address at the East Bay Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Oakland, CA.
  • Jan. 2001 “John Locke and the American Founding.” Guest lecture, University of California, Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, CA.

Publications

Selected Academic Publications:

  • Publication Pending. "The Case for Global Business Leaders as Interfaith Leaders: Religious Literacy and Cross-Cultural Leadership.
  • Forthcoming 2018.  “From Prison Religion to Interfaith Leadership for Institutional Change.” In Interreligious/Interfaith Studies: Defining a New Field. Eboo Patel, Jennifer Howe Peace, and Noah Silverman, eds. Beacon Press.
  • 2016. “Toward a Framework for Interfaith Leadership.” In Engaging Pedogogies in Catholic Higher Education (EPICHE). Vol 3, Issue 1, 1-9. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18263/2379-920X.1019
  • 2016.  “Religious Pluralism at the Crossroads.” In Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S. Barbara A. McGraw, ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2016. Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S. Editor. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2014. Many Peoples, Many Faiths: Women and Men in the World Religions. Robert S. Ellwood and Barbara A. McGraw. Prentice-Hall, several editions including the tenth (2014).
  • 2013. “Moral Economy in Global Perspective: Protestant Christianity, Confucianism, Islam and Hinduism.” In Purushartha: A Journal of Management Ethics and Spirituality, vol. 5, No. 2 Sept. 2012-Feb. 2013.
  • 2008. “Church and State in Context.” In Church and State Issues in America Today. Ann W. Duncan and Steven L. Jones, eds. Praeger Perspectives series, Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.
  • 2005. Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics on America's Sacred Ground. Co-editor with Jo Renee Formicola, Seton Hall, Baylor University Press. Anthology addressing public issues from various religious perspectives, using the framework set out in Rediscovering (see below).
  • 2005. “Introduction to America’s Sacred Ground” and “Epilogue.” In Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics on America’s Sacred Ground. Barbara A. McGraw and Jo Renee Formicola, eds. Baylor University Press.
  • 2003. Rediscovering America’s Sacred Ground: Public Religion and Pursuit of the Good in a Pluralistic America. State University of New York Press.

Other Selected Publications

  • 2017. “Liberalism.” In Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, 2nd ed. Robert W. Kolb, editor.  Sage Publications.
  • 2015.  “Religious Liberty in the U.S.: Coming to Terms with Hobby Lobby, RFRA, and RLUIPA.” In Religious Studies News (an “In the Public Interest” column). American Academy of Religion, November 2015.
  • 2014. “The Doniger Affair: Censorship, Self-Censorship, and the Role of the Academy in the Public Understanding of Religion.” In Religious Studies News (an “In the Public Interest” column). American Academy of Religion, October 2014.
  • 2012. “Prison Chaplaincy Directors at the AAR Annual Meeting: Multireligion Literacy and Government Accommodation of Religion in Prisons.” In Religious Studies News (an “In the Public Interest” column). American Academy of Religion, October 2012.
  • 2004. “Brief Amicus Curiae of Barbara A. McGraw.” Filed with the Supreme Court of the United States in Elk Grove Unified School District and David W. Gordon v. Michael A. Newdow, Case No. 02-1624 (the Pledge of Allegiance Case).

Active Research Projects

The Fourth Dissestablishment: Religious Legimacy and Governmental Institutions.

Honors, Awards & Grants

Honors: 
    • Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism. Hindu American Foundation (2014)
    • Phi Kappa Phi - University of Southern California (1997)
      Highest Honors
    • Order of the Coif (Highest Honors) - University of Southern California Law Center (1984)
    Awards: 
    • Professorship in Social Ethics, Law, and Public Life - Saint Mary's College of California (2009)
      Two three-year professorships in recognition of scholarship 2003-2006 and 2009-2012
    • Finalist in Religion and Politics Division Book Award Competition, for Rediscovering America's Sacred Ground: Public Religion and Pursuit of the Good in a Pluralistic America - SUNY Press, 2003 (2005)
    • Judge Nelson Administrative Justice Award - University of Southern California Law Center (1984)
    • American Jurisprudence Award (Contracts) - Southwestern University School of Law (1982)
    • American Jurisprudence Award (Business Organizations) - Southwestern University School of Law (1982)
    • Dean's Outstanding Achievement Award - Southwestern University School of Law (1982)
      (For Class Standing 2/183)

    Interests

    Scholarly Interests: 

    Interests

    • Religion, Moral Values, and Pluralism in American Public Life
    • World Religions and Bridging Across Sacred Boundaries/Interfaith Leadership
    • Religious Pluralism and Social Ethics Issues
    • Civil Discourse, Interfaith Engagement, and Activism across Sacred Boundaries