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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Alan Wolfe

Alan Wolfe is the founding director of the Boisi Center and Professor of Political Science at Boston College. He is the author and editor of more than twenty books, including, most recently, At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews (2014), Political Evil: What It Is and How To Combat It (2001), The Future of Liberalism (2009), Does American Democracy Still Work? (2006), Return to Greatness (2005), The Transformation of American Religion: How We actually Practice our Faith (2003), Moral Freedom (2001), and One Nation After All (1999). Widely considered one of the nation's most prominent public intellectuals, he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and has delivered lectures across the United States and Europe. (more...)

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Erik Owens
Associate Director

Erik Owens is associate director of the Boisi Center and associate professor of the practice in theology and international studies at Boston College. For the 2015-16 academic year he is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University, where he is working on a manuscript about religion, citizenship and civic education. His research explores a variety of intersections between religion and public life, with particular attention to the challenge of fostering the common good of a religiously diverse society. His interdisciplinary scholarship bridges the fields of theological ethics, political philosophy, law, education, international studies and public policy. He is the co-editor of three books: Gambling: Mapping the American Moral Landscape (2009), Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning (2004) and The Sacred and the Sovereign: Religion and International Politics (2003), the last of which was called a "must read" by Foreign Affairs in 2009. At the American Academy of Religion, he serves on the Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion, was recently co-chair of the Religion and Politics section, and serves on the steering committee of the "Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives" group. He received his Ph.D. in religious ethics from the University of Chicago, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from Duke University. Before joining the Boisi Center, Owens received research fellowships from the Spencer Foundation and the University of Virginia’s Center on Religion and Democracy, taught at the University of Chicago and DePaul University, and worked for the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life as well as the City of Chicago’s Board of Ethics. His Twitter handle is @erikowens.

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Susan Richard
Administrative Assistant

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. 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. Susan is also currently training in web site management.



Yael Levin Hungerford
Graduate Research Assistant

Yael Levin Hungerford is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at Boston College, with a focus on political theory. Her work is concerned with the liberal political order, religious freedom, and modern epistemological skepticism. She is writing a dissertation on the status of truth and knowledge and the political thought of Charles S. Peirce. In addition to managing the Boisi Center's public events and website, Yael leads the Boisi Center Symposium on Religion and Politics, a discussion group for undergraduate and graduate students. Yael is a graduate fellow at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy during the 2014-2015 academic year. She earned an A.B. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.


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Sean Keeley
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sean Keeley is a senior at Boston College, majoring in International Studies with a minor in Russian. Aside from his work at the Boisi Center, Sean has worked for Instructional Design & eTeaching Services (IDeS) and was the arts editor for The Heights in 2013. Sean spent his junior spring semester in St. Petersburg, Russia with the Bard-Smolny Program, and is currently an American delegate in the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum, which brings together American and Russian students to work on collaborative research projects. Sean is also working on a senior thesis about U.S.-Russian relations during the Obama era, and hopes to return to Russia with a Fulbright fellowship after graduation.



Evan Goldstein
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Evan Goldstein is a senior at Boston College, majoring in Theology and minoring in Philosophy. His interests include political theology, race and theology, and dialogue between Judaism and Christian liberation theologies. He is also an opinions staff writer for the BC Gavel, a former board member of the College Democrats of Massachusetts, and an unapologetically enthusiastic fan of the San Antonio Spurs.



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