Welcome Additions

Introductions of new, tenure-track faculty members at Boston College

Maxim D. Shrayer

Asst. Prof. Maxim D. Shrayer (Slavic and Eastern Languages) joins the faculty from Connecticut College, where he had been an assistant professor of Russian studies since 1995.

A Russian native, he studied at Moscow University and transferred to Brown University upon emigrating to the United States. He earned his bachelor's degree from Brown in 1989 and master's degrees in comparative literature and Russian literature from Rutgers and Yale universities in 1990 and 1992, respectively. He holds a 1995 doctorate in Russian literature from Yale.

Shrayer's research interests include Russian Romanticism and its relationship to German Idealist philosophy, late 19th century Russian prose, Russian verse, and Russian and Soviet cinema.

He recently completed a book on Vladimir Nabokov's years as a Russia emigre in Europe, A Farewell to His Masters, and has started a book with the working title Terrifying Magnetism: Modern Russian Writers Confront the Jewish Question . In addition, he has written over a dozen scholarly articles and two collections of verse.

He is teaching an undergraduate course on Nabokov this semester, as well as a seminar on Russian Romanticism, and Advanced Russian Stylistics and Translation.

Scott Cummings

In addition to his responsibilities at BC, Asst. Prof. Scott Cummings (Theater) works as a theater critic, a dramaturg, an editor, and a playwright.

He was a visiting assistant professor at BC from 1994-96 and previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Yale University and the University of Michigan.

He is a critic for the Boston Phoenix and has contributed to the Boston Globe and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , among other publications. He has served as a dramaturg, or production consultant, to a number of theater productions and has edited or co-edited three books. In addition, he has written seven plays and directed six others.

His research focuses on contemporary theater and drama in America and Ireland.

Last semester, he inaugurated an introductory course for theater majors. This semester, he is teaching Introduction to Theater and Playwriting I.

Cummings holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan (1974), a master's degree in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon (1977), and master's and doctoral degrees in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale (1985 and 1994, respectively).

Bruce Morrill, SJ

Asst. Prof. Bruce Morrill, SJ (Theology), earned a doctorate in theological studies in 1996 from Emory University, where he also was a theology instructor.

His research interests include liturgical and sacramental theology, and relating elements of the Church's worship to the broader field of ritual studies. Also, he is studying how churches in particular social and cultural contexts celebrate the liturgy and sacraments.

He is in the process of co-editing Liturgy and the Moral Self .

In addition to his doctorate, Fr. Morrill holds a master of divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1991), a master's degree in anthropology from Columbia University (1986) and a bachelor's degree in religious studies from the College of the Holy Cross (1981).

Fr. Morrill is teaching Introduction to Catholicism to undergraduates this semester, and is teaching Theology of Initiation through the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry.

Lisa Jackson

How people, mostly adolescent and college-age females, define themselves in terms of gender, race and culture - and how that affects what educational choices they make - is Asst. Prof. Lisa Jackson's (SOE) research focus.

Jackson earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Howard University in 1986, and master's and doctoral degrees in education from Stanford University in 1990 and 1996, respectively.

Prior to arriving at BC, she taught at Canada College in California and at San Jose State University. She also served as a research assistant at Policy Studies Associates, Inc. in Washington, DC, at Stanford and Howard, and at the University of Chicago.

Jackson is teaching Family, School and Society this semester.

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