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Sean T. Dempsey, S.J.

Associate Professor and Chair of History


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Father Sean Dempsey, S.J., is a Jesuit priest of the California Province. He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in American Studies from Saint Louis University, and an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. He completed his doctoral studies in History at the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation titled, "The Politics of Dignity: Social Christianity and the Making of Global Los Angeles." His research focuses on the historical intersections of religion, social thought, and urban politics in the twentieth-century. During his Jesuit formation, he previously worked at LMU from 2003-2005, teaching part-time in the American Cultures Program and serving as Direct Service Coordinator at the Center for Service and Action.


University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D, History, 2015

Jesuit School of Theology

M.Div, 2008

Saint Louis University

M.A., American Studies, 2003

University of Notre Dame

B.A., English, 1995

Areas of Expertise

History20th-Century U.S. historyU.S. Religious HistoryUrban History

Industry Expertise

  • Research
  • Writing and Editing
  • Education/Learning


  • Spanish


United States and the World

HIST 1400

History of California

HIST 4412