Honors Faculty

Professor of the Practice

Photo of Author in Residence and Professor of the Practice Michael Patrick McDonald

Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and the acclaimed Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. These two books are frequent “First Year Experience” selections at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., for which MacDonald has given over 300 campus lectures. He has been awarded an American Book Award, A New England Literary Lights Award, and a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center. MacDonald has written a number of essays and short stories, including The Resurrection of Cornelius Larkin: An Immigrant’s Tale, written for The Dropkick Murphys’ theme album “Going Out in Style.” He has been a contributor to The Boston Globe’s Op Ed page and a Senior Contributing Editor for the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

MacDonald serves as Author-in-Residence & Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University’s Honors Program, where he teaches: “Non-Fiction Writing & Social Justice Issues” and “The North of Ireland: Colonialism, Armed Resistance and the Struggle for Peace with Justice” every fall. Additional, he teaches an Honors Dialogue of Civilizations in the summer, which takes Honors students to Northern Ireland.

MacDonald is currently developing his memoir, All Souls, as a TV series and is working on his third book, which will use narrative non-fiction storytelling to reveal issues of generational trauma in our local working class and poor communities. In addition, he has developed a community-based writing and healing curriculum, The Rest of the Story, which was piloted with the Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston to help women who are transitioning out of poverty find their voices on the page and in the world. He has taken his transformational storytelling to Boston survivors of homicide victims at The Louis D Brown Peace Institute, where he is also currently Writer in Residence. In 2019, MacDonald was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to write and work on issues of social justice in Northern Ireland

Faculty Contributors to Honors Education

Jeffrey Burds, Department of History
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 1310-02: Twentieth Century Espionage


Robert Cross, Department of History
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 1310-05: Of Princes and Utopias: The Foundations of Modern Political Thought


Stanley Eigen, Department of Mathematics
College of Science

HONR 1310-06: Math, Magic, Puzzles and Games


Heather Littlefield, Linguistics Program
College of Science

HONR 1310-10: Me Tarzan, You Jane! The Uses of Language in Literature: Linguistic Reality or Linguistic Fiction?


John Portz, Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 1310-15: Public Education on Trial: Problems and Solutions to ‘Fix’ America’s Schools


Michael Patrick McDonald, Professor of the Practice
University Honors Program

HONR 1310-16: The North of Ireland: Colonization, Armed Conflict, and the Quest for Peace with Justice


Whitney Kelting, Department of Philosophy and Religion
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 1310-18: Theology, Ethics and Practice


Ennio Mingolla, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

HONR 1310-19: Illusions of Reality                  HONR 1310-20: Your Eye and AI


Tina Eliassi-Rad, Professor of the Practice
Khoury College of Computer Sciences

HONR 1310-21: Algorithms that Affect Our Lives

Ryan Cordell, Department of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 3310-01: Building a (Better) Book


Kimberly Eddleston, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
D’Amore-McKim School of Business

HONR 3310-02: Examining Family Business Dynamics Through Film


Maureen Kelleher, Department of Sociology
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 3310-03: Pop Culture and Mental Health


Ellen Noonan, Department of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 3310-06: Slam Poetry and Social Justice


Peter Simon, Department of Economics
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 3310-07: Legalizing Marijuana, the National Debt, and Import Tariffs: Contested Economic Issues


Patrick Mullen, Department of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 3310-10: The Politics of Comedy


Misha Pavel, Professor of the Practice
Khoury College of Computer Sciences & Bouvé College of Health Sciences

HONR 3310-11: Creating the Future: Transforming Healthcare with Mobile Health (mHealth)


Michael Patrick MacDonald, Professor of the Practice
University Honors Program

HONR 3310-12: Non Fiction Writing & Social Justice Issue


Margo Lindauer, Professor of the Practice
School of Law, Bouvé College of Health Sciences 

HONR 3310-14: Violence and Public Health


Lauren Raine, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
Bouvé College of Health Sciences 

HONR 3310-15: Hopscotch, Soccer, and Broccoli: Implications of Neuroscience for Promoting Childer’s Brain Health 


David Rochefort, Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 3310-16: Social Fact From Fiction: Using Novels to Explore Contemporary Social Problems and Public Policy Reforms 


James Ross, Department of Journalism
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 3310-17: The Art of Narrative Nonfiction


Rachel Rodgers, Department of Applied Psychology
Bouvé College of Health Sciences 

HONR 3310-18: #LikeMyNUData: Conducting Research about Social Media


Patricia Illingsworth, Department of Philosophy
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

3310-19: The Ethics of Philanthropy: What COVID-19 Can Teach us about Our Responsibility to Help Others

Heather Littlefield, Linguistics Program
College of Science

HONR 3310-02: The Power of Language (Summer 1)


Ryan Cordell, Department of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

HONR 3310-03: Building a (Better) Book: Special COVID Edition (Summer 1)


Kimberly Eddleston, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
D’Amore-McKim School of Business

HONR 3310-01: Examining Family Business Dynamics Through Film (Summer 2)

Honors Faculty-in-Residence