Michael O’Sullivan, SJ is Director of the awards and pathways in the MA in Christian Spirituality programme, Cluster Leader of the Spirituality PhD and MA by research students, and Co-Director of the Spiritual Capital Ireland Centre, at All Hallows College, Dublin City University, Ireland. He was previously Head of Theology and Moderator of final year PhD students at All Hallows College and Director of the Higher Diploma and MA programmes in Applied Christian Spirituality at Milltown Institute, a Recognized College of the National University of Ireland.
His book, « How Roman Catholic Theology Can Transform Male Violence Against Women » (2011) has been described as “ground-breaking” by Professor Linda Hogan, Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer of Trinity College Dublin. His many publications also include « Spiritual Capital – The Practice of Spirituality in Christian Perspective » (2012) which he co-edited with Dr Bernadette Flanagan. He is a former elected member of the Governing Board of the International Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, the premier society of its kind, and has served on the Steering Committee of the Christian Spirituality Study Group of the American Academy of Religion. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Spiritus, and the Promotions Committee of the international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is also a founding Board of Directors member of the European Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.
His research interests are in liberation theology, feminist theology, 'spiritual capital', spirituality and childhood, overcoming bio-social gender dualism, and the academic study of spirituality. He has training and experience in counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, spiritual accompaniment, community development, and pastoral ministry as well as many years experience living among and working with socio-economically disadvantaged people in Ireland, Latin America, and East Africa.