Saint Louis University

William Brennan, PhD, MSW

Professor of Social Work

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Research Interests: Human life issues; Impact of language on oppression

Teaching Areas: Human behavior and the social environment; Communicating with children; Family interaction under stress

Education History: PhD, Saint Louis University
MSW, Catholic University of America
BA, Catholic University of America

Community and Professional Service: Member, Society of Catholic Social Scientists and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Editorial Advisory Board, Catholic Social Science Review

Tegeler Hall, 306

(314) 977-2737


Dr. Brennan is a Professor of Social Work in the Saint Louis University School of Social Work. He has written and spoken extensively on how euphemisms and dehumanizing language facilitate massive oppression. His book, Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives (Loyola University Press, 1995), became a Loyola bestseller.

His most recent book is "John Paul II: Confronting the Language Empowering the Culture of Death" (Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University, 2008). Professor Brennan is currently working on a book-length manuscript tentatively titled, Killing in the Name of Healing: Technology, Rhetoric, and the Medicalization of Destruction.

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