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Fr. Casey Beaumier

Casey Beaumier, S.J., is the director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in United States religious history from Boston College and focused his dissertation on the development of Jesuit education in the 20th century. At Boston College, Fr. Beaumier teaches in the Capstone Program and lives in Fenwick Hall, where he serves as mentor and spiritual director for students, seminarians, women religious, and priests.
Fr. Casey Beaumier's curriculum vitae

Robert Maryks

Robert A. Maryks is an associate director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, where he works as the editor of Jesuit Sources. He studied at the University of Warsaw and at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Naples before earning his Ph.D. in history from Fordham University. Dr. Maryks is also an associate professor in the History Department at Boston College. He has extensively published on various aspects of the history of the Jesuits. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Jesuit Studiesof Brill's book series of Jesuit Studies, and of Boston College Jesuit Bibliography. 
Robert Maryks's curriculum vitae

Seth Meehan

Seth Meehan is an associate director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, where he supports the director in the growth and promotion of digital materials, publication development, and promoting historical research of the Jesuits and their mission at Boston College. He received his master's and doctorate degrees in history from Boston College. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, the Catholic Historical ReviewArchivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, and Boston College Magazine.
Seth Meehan's curriculum vitae

Fr. Claude Pavur

Claude Pavur, S.J., is an associate editor of the Institute of Jesuit Sources, translating the Latin of early Jesuit documents. He has written on Greek civilization, Mark's gospel, Jesuit education, Nietzsche's philosophy, classical humanism, and Latin pedagogy. The Institute of Jesuit Sources has published his translations of the Ratio Studiorum (2005) and Ribadeneira's Life of Ignatius of Loyola (2014). His doctorate is from Emory University, and he holds master's degrees from the Jesuit theology schools in Toronto and Berkeley and a bachelor's in classics from Yale. 
Fr. Claude Pavur's curriculum vitae

Cristiano Casalini

Cristiano Casalini is a visiting scholar with the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, where he is working on Early Jesuit Pedagogy. With research primarily focused on sixteenth century education, he has worked on critical texts and commentaries of sixteenth and seventeenth century classics of education, especially in and around the Jesuit order. Casalini has also written a book on Cursus Conimbricensis, the first and complete philosophical textbook published by the Jesuits of Coimbra at the end of the sixteenth century. He teaches history of education at the University of Parma, and is also a visiting professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

Sean McLaughlin

Sean McLaughlin is the fiscal and operations administrator for the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. He received his M.T.S. with focus in church history from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and his B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University. At Fordham he was also a student of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies.


2016-2017 graduate assistants


 

Michael VanZandt Collins

Michael VanZandt Collins is a doctoral candidate in the Theology Department of Boston College on the track of comparative theology, focusing in Islam and Christianity, with a minor in theological ethics. He also holds an AM in Islamic studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, as well as being an alumnus of Boston College, holding a BA and MA in theology. He is currently developing his dissertation in comparative theological ethics that explores at the nexus of religion and ecology.

At the Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies, Michael is an assistant editor for the Boston College Jesuit Bibliography: The New Sommervogel Online, where his responsibilities collating and editing the developing bibliography. Additionally, he assists in editing reviews and essays for the Journal of Jesuit Studies, and is currently at work on a historiographical essay on the Jesuits and the Islamic tradition.

Michael VanZandt Collins' curriculum vitae

Chris Staysniak

Chris Staysniak is a graduate assistant for the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. He is managing book review editor for the Journal of Jesuit Studies, and is an assistant editor for the Boston College Jesuit Bibliography: The New Sommervogel Online. He is also a PhD candidate in the Boston College History Department, where he received his master's degree. His work has appeared in publications such as CommonwealThe National Catholic ReporterAmerican Catholic Studies, and the New England Journal of History. Chris also serves as a board member for the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University.

Chris Staysniak's curriculum vitae

Kasper Volk

Kasper Volk is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the History Department at Boston College. He is interested in the development of Western thought since the Enlightenment and the ways in which it has both driven and reflected the evolution of the social, political, and economic structures that define the modern world. He is currently working on a dissertation dealing with Catholic social thought between the two world wars, tentatively titled “In Search of the ‘Third Way’: Catholic Modernities in Interwar Europe.” Kasper serves the IAJS as an assistant editor of the Boston College Jesuit Bibliography: The New Sommervogel Online, a position he has held since December 2013. As such he coordinates the international network of correspondents and maintains the master database. Additionally, he assists in editing articles for the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

Kasper Volk's curriculum vitae


2015-2016 graduate assistants


 

Jayne Franchini

Jayne Franchini is a graduate assistant for the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. She is currently enrolled in the M.T.S. program at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She received her B.A. in history and secondary teacher certification from Gonzaga University.

Aaron Okuley

Aaron Okuley is a graduate assistant for the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies.  He received his B.A. in math education from John Carroll University and is currently working on his M.A.T.M. with a concentration in Hispanic Ministry at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.