Jeanne Colleran

Title/s:  Associate Director



Jeanne Colleran, PhD, serves as Associate Director, Loyola Rule of Law Institute. Prior to joining Loyola University-Chicago as the Interim Vice President of Advancement, Dr. Jeanne Colleran served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost and Academic Vice President, and Interim President of John Carroll University, the Jesuit University in Cleveland, Ohio.  In these  roles, she gained notable experience in program development and assessment; faculty recruitment, development, evaluation, and governance;  enrollment; advancement and fundraising; and mission integration. Under her leadership, the University received grants to globalize its core and major curricula, and she initiated a program of post-doctoral fellowships to hire faculty from under-represented groups. She oversaw the development, writing, and successful implementation of the strategic plan which incorporated a commitment to equity and justice as one of its core principles.

Jeanne is a scholar of post-colonial and global literatures with a special interest in conflict resolution and its representation in written and visual texts. Her early writings focus on literature under apartheid and its liberatory role in a highly regulated, authoritarian society. Later works examined the role of performance as intervention in highly mediated public sphere. In particular, her book, Theatre and War, examines the historical juncture in which continually emerging information technology and media practices converged with military planning and new models of reportage to alter, deform, and partially disable democratic practices. She is Professor Emeritus of English.

This interest in publicly available knowledge, epistemic injustice, limited access, non-transparency, and exclusion from deliberative processes provides the basis for Jeanne’s contributions to the Loyola Rule of Law Institute. She has taught and brought students to Northern Ireland and South Africa to study conflict resolution.  She participated in and helped sponsor conferences on geospatial mapping and humanitarian intervention. She assisted with the development a program with the Lerner School of Medicine and the humanities faculty at John Carroll to train medical students to approach cultural differences in patient treatment with greater empathy.  She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic, Southpointe. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Ursuline College. Jeanne led the successful 2021 capital campaign to build the first medical respite center for women experiencing homelessness (Mary’s Home) in Cleveland, Ohio. She and her husband, Richard Weaver, have volunteered with the Famous Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support for low-income families in Cleveland for over forty years. She has been a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for Saint Vincent Charity’s Hospital.


AB, Summa cum Laude John Carroll University
MA, Case Western Reserve University, with distinction
PhD, The Ohio State University
Post-doctoral study: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Critical Theory;  Coleraine, Northern Ireland, Conflict Resolution

Selected Publications

Theatre and War since 1991.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Staging Resistance: Essays on Political Theatre, Jeanne Colleran, and Jenny S. Spencer, co-editors. The University of Michigan Press, 1998. 

 “Whose Memory?  Whose Justice?  Personal and Political Trauma in Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden.” With James Weaver. Performance Studies.  October 2011, 31-42.

“Displacement, Violence, and Mourning in The Suit.”  Safundi: Journal of South African and American Studies.  Vol 11. No. 2   July 2010, 215-232.

“Why We Have Failed: Culture Project’s Iraq War Plays.”  In: Patriotic Dissent   Ed. Jenny Spencer Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press,  2011.

 “States of Exception: Women, Torture, and Witness in Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden and Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes.”  In Pinter Et Cetera. Ed. Craig Owens.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars (2008): 1-21. 

“Disposable Wars, Disappearing Acts: Theatrical Responses to the 1991 Gulf War.”  Theatre Journal  55 (2003): 613-632.