Anselma Dolcich-Ashley

Assistant Teaching Professor


I joined the Notre Dame family as a graduate student in 2003 after a career in campus ministry in Chicago and at Saint Mary's College, and several years as a full-time mom. In 2011 I received my Ph.D. in theology with a dissertation on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. After teaching as a post-doc and adjunct faculty member in the Theology Department here, I'm now excited to be working in the Glynn Family Honors Program.

My office is in the Glynn Honors lounge, and my ND appointment is as the adviser to Glynn Honors students.  Please stop by with any questions about the program, courses, getting started in thesis research, or applying for a Glynn grant!

Like many people at ND, I have multiple intellectual interests. I double-majored in bio and theo at Georgetown, taught high school biology for a while, and then moved over to campus ministry and academic theology. The two fields happily met again with my undergraduate course on the theology of nature and the environment, and in current research on religious themes in American nature writers.  Additionally, I continue my research on structures of governance, and ethics, within the Catholic church.

People often ask about my first name. It's a feminine version of "Anselm," the great 11th-century bishop and theologian who coined the nugget definition of theology ('faith seeking understanding; reason illuminated by faith').

When I'm not on campus, I love to read and go trail running, which keeps me in shape for climbing mountains in the summer in Colorado with my adult children.

A native of Washington, DC, I attended the same parish and parochial school (St Anthony's, in northeast DC) as did ND's President Emeritus Father Monk Malloy.