Meet the Staff
boisi center for religion and american public life
Mark Massa, S.J., is the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, where he is also professor of Theology. Massa received his Ph.D. in American religion from Harvard University, and is the author of seven books. His most recent book, The Structure of Theological Revolutions: Catholic Debates About Natural Law, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. His monograph published in 1999, Catholics and American Culture: Fulton Sheen, Dorothy Day, and the Notre Dame Football Team, received the Alpha Sigma Nu Award for Best Work in Theology for 1999-2000. His ongoing area of research is American Catholic faith and culture of the past century.
As first holder of the Karl Rahner Chair in Theology at Fordham University, Massa also directed the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. From 2010 to 2016, he served as dean of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. He also served as board chair for the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of nine divinity schools, seminaries, and a rabbinical college in greater Boston. Massa has appeared on a number of programs in the "American Experience" series on PBS, including "Religion in America," and most recently, "An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story."
Since the Boisi Center's inception in 1999, Susan Richard has served as the Boisi Center's administrative assistant. With her degree from Johnson and Wales University, she has the educational training to plan and organize the many events the Boisi Center sponsors each semester. In addition to her administrative duties, Susan oversees the management of the Boisi Center web site. Prior to coming to Boston College, Susan worked at Boston University for eight years in administrative capacities in the Dean's Office in the College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School as well as the department administrator in the sociology department.
Jack Nuelle is the Interim Assistant to the Director at the Boisi Center, where he previously served as Graduate Research Assistant. He has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and an M.T.S. from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he also served as Co-senior Editor of the Lumen et Vita Graduate Journal of Theology. His research interests include 20th century Christian theology, theological approaches to philosophies of language and literary theory, American Catholicism, and the intersection of religion and culture, especially literature, pop culture, and film.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Julia Bloechl is a sophomore majoring in international political economy and development as well as theology. In addition to working at the Boisi Center, Julia is a member of the International Studies Journal “Kaleidoscope”, the philosophy journal “Dianoia”, and the Philosophical Society. Next year, Julia hopes to study abroad in South Africa and Ecuador. She enjoys learning languages, traveling, surfing, and playing tennis and basketball.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Jorge Mejía is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Latin American Studies and History. Outside of Boisi, Jorge serves as Director of Social and Political Action for the Organization of Latin American Affairs, through which he has organized panels on the Colombian peace process, Venezuelan humanitarian crisis, and U.S.-Mexico relations. His scholarly interests include peacebuilding and inter-American geopolitics. Jorge has also conducted research in Kuwait, Israel/Palestine, and Northern Ireland. In the future, he hopes to become Bronx Borough President, as well as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State.
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