Research Scholars are specialists in the main areas of the Institute’s mission, and they use their positions to advance the study and a deeper understanding of the educational heritage, spirituality, and history of the Society of Jesus. Research Scholars may also teach undergraduate and graduate courses at Boston College that contribute to Jesuit studies.
They contribute to the scholarly community at the Institute by assisting with and advising on programming as well as by collaborating with the in-residence fellows. They also engage with the University’s wider community by delivering public lectures and hosting public events in addition to their teaching. Lastly, the impact of the work conducted by the Research Scholars extends beyond the Institute and Boston College through their various publications, editorships, and online initiatives. At the Institute, the Research Scholars receive assistance from graduate students and have access to other resources that help promote their own scholarship.
Cristiano Casalini is Research Scholar with the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies of Boston College (United States) and teaches History of Jesuit Education and Philosophy of Education at Boston College. He is also professor at the University of Parma (Italy) where he recently received the national habilitation as full professor of History of Education. His field of research is mainly early modern education and especially Jesuit education. He worked on critical texts and commentaries of 16th and 17th century classics of education, especially in and around the Jesuit order. He also provided with Claude Pavur the first volume of a series devoted to the history of Jesuit pedagogy, entitled Jesuit Pedagogy. A Reader (1540–1616) (Boston: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2016). He also wrote a book on the Cursus Conimbricensis and the education at the Jesuit college of Coimbra (Rome: Anicia, 2012; and, in Portuguese, Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2015; in English, New York: Routledge, 2017), which was awarded with the Prémio Joaquím de Carvalho, 2016. He is also editor-in-chief of a series published by Brill on History of Early Modern Educational Thought.
Barton T. Geger, S.J., is a research scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Assistant Professor of the Practice at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, and general editor of Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. He holds a MA in philosophy from Saint Louis University, a MTh in Systematic Theology from Heythrop College, a STL in historical theology from (then) Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a doctorate in sacred theology from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. He writes on Ignatian spirituality and early Jesuit history; his essays include “Bending the Knee to Baal? St. Ignatius on Jesuit Vocation Promotion,” and “What Magis Really Means and Why It Matters.” He currently edits a new critical edition of the Jesuit Constitutions.