Phyllis Zagano is a senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra, where she has continued her research in the history of spirituality and the history of women in the church since 2002. A graduate of Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York, she holds a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and three master’s degrees.
Among her 12 books is the award-winning Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church. She has published her research in a number of journals, including the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Theological Studies, Journal of Communication and Religion, Horizons, Journal of Pastoral Psychology, The Furrow (Ireland) and The Way (England).
Dr. Zagano is the Catholic columnist for the nationally syndicated Religion News Service (Washington, D.C.), and occasionally writes for non-refereed journals, including The Irish Catholic (Dublin, Ireland) and The Tablet (London, UK). She is listed in several international biographies, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in American Education, and her professional papers are held by the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University, Chicago. She is a well-known authority on spirituality, and served as consultant to Martin Seligman’s Templeton Foundation Positive Psychology Project “Spirituality and Living Well“ at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently returned from Ireland, where she was visiting lecturer and Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and is teaching “History of Irish Spirituality“ for Hofstra’s Religion Department and the Irish Studies Program in fall 2009.