Adjunct Professor of Religion
Degrees: MA, 1990, St Johns Univ Jamaica; PHD, 1979, SUNY Univ Cntr Stony Brook; MA, 1972, Long Island Univ, CW Post Cam; MS, 1970, Boston Univ; BA, 1969, Marymount Coll
Phyllis Zagano, an internationally known expert in Catholic Studies, joined Hofstra University in 2002. She is the author or editor of ten books in religious studies, including "Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church" (Crossroad, 2000), winner of a First Place Book Award from the Catholic Press Association and the College Theology Society Annual Book Award (2002). She has published hundreds of articles and reviews in popular and refereed journals, and for five years hosted a monthly talk show on the National Public Radio affiliate station, WBUR-FM. Her work has been variously translated into Bahasa Indonesian, Czech, Italian, and Spanish. The Spanish translation of her best-selling book "On Prayer: A Letter for My Godchild" won a 2004 Catholic Press Association Book Award. Her works-in-progress include a comparative study of monastic rules, a work on women in the church today, and series editorship of The Liturgical Press "Spirituality in History" anthologies, including anthologies of writings in the Benedictine, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan and Ignatian Traditions. The first of the series, "The Dominican Tradition" was published in Fall 2006. Dr. Zagano is a founding co-chair of the Roman Catholic Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, the College Theology Society, and the Catholic Theological Society of America. She has taught at Fordham, Boston and Yale Universities, and worked as a researcher for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. Her biographical listings include Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who in America.