School of Social Work
3550 Lindell Blvd
Tegeler Hall, Room 306
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 .
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
MSW, Catholic University of America
B.A., Catholic University of America
Human behavior and the social environment
Communicating with children
Family interaction under stress.
Human life issues
Impact of language on oppression
Community & Professional Service
Member, Society of Catholic Social Scientists and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Editorial Advisory Board, Catholic Social Science Review