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Meet the Staff

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Alan Wolfe
Director

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 (2012), 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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Suzanne Hevelone

Suzanne Hevelone
Program Coordinator

Suzanne Hevelone returns to the Boisi Center this year as the program coordinator, while Erik Owens is on sabbatical. She previously worked at the Boisi Center from 2007-2009 as the graduate research assistant. Suzanne has a Ph.D. from Boston College (2010), a M.St. from Oxford University (2001) and a B.A. from Gordon College (1997). Before returning to the Boisi Center she was adjunct faculty at Gordon College from 2004-2014. Her scholarly interests in medieval theology inform how she experiences contemporary scholarship on religion and American public life. Her work on moral exemplarity through hagiography during the Middle Ages seems particularly relevant during this political election cycle. In addition to her work and scholarship, Suzanne spends much of her days chasing two small sons.

 


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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. In addition to her administrative duties, Susan overseas 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. 

 


Kyle Logan

Kyle Logan
Graduate Research Assistant

Kyle Logan is a Master's student in the Philosophy Department at Boston College. He is interested in existentialism, ethics, social philosophy, philosophy of art, and Medieval Islamic philosophy. He graduated from BC undergrad in May as a philosophy and political science double major. Kyle is also the co-founder and lead facilitator for Man Up, a discussion group focused on issues of masculinity in America. He is also very interested in music and film, and what can be said about them philosophically.


Omeed Alidadi

Omeed Alidadi
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Omeed Alidadi is a sophomore double-majoring in Political Science and Islamic Civilization and Societies. Aside from his work at the Boisi Center, Omeed serves as the treasurer to the Iranian Culture Club, and is a tour guide in the Admissions Office. His scholarly interests include international security, as well as the relationship between religion and politics. In the future, he hopes to become a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. Outside of the classroom, Omeed tries to catch every game of his favorite sports team, the New York Rangers.

 

Max Blaisdell

Max Blaisdell
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Max Blaisdell is a senior International Studies major, who is also minoring in Political Science and Mathematics. The New York City native is interested in Middle Eastern politics and the political philosophy of liberalism, and he is currently writing a paper on the integration of Muslim immigrants in France. He plans to continue his studies at the graduate level and then hopes to pursue a career in academia. Max is also an avid pick-up basketball player and reader of Russian literature.

 

Connor Farley

Connor Farley
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Connor Farley is a senior double-majoring in economics and political science. Prior to working at the Boisi Center, he was head news editor of BC’s independent student newspaper, The Heights, and is a current member of the Shaw Leadership Program. His primary interests in political science include Islamic studies and Middle Eastern nuclear governance, and economic interests include quantitative finance and market design. Connor is also a golf enthusiast and an avid Phish fan.

 

Nathan McGuire

Nathan McGuire
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nathan McGuire is a senior at Boston College, majoring in Political Science. Aside from his work at the Boisi Center, Nathan has worked on local and statewide political campaigns and was the assistant news editor for The Heights in 2014. His interests include political philosophy, the interaction of religion and politics, and the connection between faith and social justice. 

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