Ann Heekin, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Iona College Department of Religious Studies
715 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 637-2742
Fax: (914) 633-2248

Office Hours

Tuesday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Doctor of Philosophy, Religious Studies with a concentration in Religious Education: Fordham University - Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, 2006
Masters of Arts, Religious Studies: Fordham University, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, 2004
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature: Methodist College, 1981

Departmental Information and Courses

Dr. Heekin joined the Religious Studies Department in September 2011 as Visiting Assistant Professor. She has been teaching the core course required of all students: RST 101 Religion in the Contemporary World. Dr. Heekin has participated in the Week of the Peacemaker, mentoring a panel of social work majors to present on their work, and presenting her own work in justice advocacy for day laborers. She has offered a day of reflection for the professional staff of the Office of Mission and Ministry as well as being a faculty leader in the 2012 Faithful Citizenship Series. Dr. Heekin is also working with faculty and students to start a student-led Religious Studies Club and she assists with the programs of the Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies.

Professional Interests

Dr. Heekin researches in the areas of American religious education, Jewish-Christian Studies, and social justice ministries.


2010 "Mary Charles Bryce OSB: The Americanization of Catholic Religious Education." Christian Educators of the 20th Century found at

2009. "Mary Perkins Ryan: Visionary in Modern Catholic Religious Education." In Educators in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, edited by John L. Elias and Lucinda A. Nolan. Fairfield CT: Sacred Heart University Press.

2008. "Reclaiming a Lost Leader: Mary Perkins Ryan, " Religious Education 103: 196-217.

Professional Memberships

Center for Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR)
College Theology Society
Connecticut Holocaust and Genocide Education Summit at Yale University
Religious Education Association

Board Memberships

Board Member, Don Bosco Community Center for Children, Families and the Newly Arrived to America. Port Chester, NY. (2006 to present)
Board Member, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University, Bronx, NY. (2009 to present)