Past Visiting Scholars
Gregor Scherzinger (Calendar year 2011)
Gregor Scherzinger is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of moral theology and ethics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His dissertation is entitled "Normative Ethics and Jewish Ethos – A Reconstruction of David Novak’s Moral Theory and its Criticism of Political Liberalism." Scherzinger received the equivalent of a masters in theology and religious studies from the University of Fribourg in 2007. He also studied in Jerusalem as a participant in the Theological Study Program at the Dormition Abbey.
Christiane Schubert (Fall 2011)
Christiane Schubert studied Theology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and in the German Academic Program of Theology at the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. She holds an M.Th. from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the same university. Before starting her dissertation, she worked for two years as a teaching assistant in the German Academic Program of Theology at the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Her dissertation deals with the role of Human Freedom in Theological Concepts, in particular she compares the thinking of protestant Eberhard Jüngel and catholic Thomas Pröpper.
John H. Summers (2009-2010)
John Summers has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Cooper Union, and Boston College, and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester in 2006. He’s the editor of The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills (Oxford 2008) and Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain, by Dwight Macdonald (New York Review, 2011).
In a review of his collection of essays, Every Fury on Earth (Davies 2008), Alan Ryan said Summers “shows a mastery of the drily ironic style that would stand any social critic in very good stead.” Book Forum said “Summers writes pieces that traverse multiple disciplines—history, sociology, literature—and bristle with elegant pugnacity. Whether he is blowing the dust off late-nineteenth-century sex scandals or slashing at the parlous state of adjunct labor in the academy, his sentences resound with the clatter and clank of fresh thought coming hard up against the intellectual armor protecting powerful institutions.”
Marcel Koeppli (Spring 2009)
Marcel Koeppli is a research assistant and Ph.D. student at the University of Berne, Switzerland. His dissertation explores how Swiss protestant entrepreneurs in the 19th century addressed the social question, i.e. the problems arising from an expanding industrialization. As such he is interested in the interaction of religion, politics and economics. During his stay at the Boisi Center, he will continue working on his dissertation. Marcel holds an MTh from the University of Zurich. He has also studied at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Thia Cooper (Summer 2008)
Thia Cooper is Assistant Professor of Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College, teaching in the area of Religion, Culture and Society. Her research interests include theology and liberation, theology and development, faith and practice in faith-based aid agencies, non-western Christianities, and religion in Latin America, particularly Brazil. Her background lies in Development Studies as well as Theology; she holds an M.Th. and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh-Scotland, an M.Sc. in Development Studies from SOAS in London, and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University. Her first book, Controversies in Political Theology: Development or Liberation, was published with SCM Press in 2007. During Summer 2008 at the Boisi Center, she is working on a project exploring theologies of immigration. Her next work will develop these themes with particular reference to the Brazilian-American community.
Grete Brochmann (2007-2008)
Grete Brochmann earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Oslo in 1990. She is currently Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Research, as well as Professor of Sociology, at the University of Oslo. Brochmann has published several books and articles on international migration, covering topics such as sending and receiving country perspectives, EU policies, welfare state dilemmas, and historical studies on immigration. She has also been involved in a number of International research projects and evaluations. She has lectured internationally for many years and served as a visiting scholar in Brussels (Université Catholique de Louvain) and at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2002 she held a visiting professorship in honor of Willy Brandt in Malmo, Sweden. Brochmann is currently researching welfare state dilemmas in a Nordic comparative perspective. She has been member of several commissions in the Norwegian Research Council and held/holds a number of board positions in research institutions. She has also been member of two Governmental commissions, held positions and board memberships in international contexts such as the Council of Europe, COST, the Danish research program AMID, and the Swedish Power and Integration Investigation.
Paulina Napierala (2007-2008)
Paulina Napierala is a Ph.D. student at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. As a Fulbright grantee, she is conducting her research at the Boisi Center. She graduated from Jagiellonian University receiving two M.A. degrees: International Relations and Ethnic and Migration Studies. As a student she was granted two foreign scholarships: in Bristol, UK, at University of the West of England and in Georgia, USA, at Valdosta State University. As a Ph.D. student she has been conducting her research in Poland and in Germany (J.F. Kennedy Institute at Free University of Berlin). Her research explores a variety of issues concerning relations between religion and politics in the United States. One of the topics she has thoroughly researched is the rise of the Religious Right and its influence on American political life. She is an author of several articles and reviews published in Poland. These publications touch upon such issues as: the role of religion in American foreign policy, political strategy and institutionalization of the Religious Right, dispensationalism and Christian Zionism in the Left Behind series, or fundamentalist movements in contemporary world. She also lectures on “Religion and Politics in the USA” at her home institution.
Martin Putna (2007-2008)
Martin C. Putna is an historian of European literature in religious context. His published books include My posledni krestane (We, the Last Christians; Prague 1994), Ceska katolicka literatura v evropskem kontextu 1848-1918 (The Czech Catholic Literature in European Context 1848-1918; Prague 1998), and Origenes z Alexandrie - Kapitola ze vztahu mezi krestanstvim a antikou (Origenes from Alexandria - The Chapter from Relations between Christianity and Antiquity; Prague 2001). He has also published three other monographs, several translations from Latin, German and Russian Literature to Czech, and two non-academic books (a collection of short essays and a novel). He studied Classical and Slavonic Philology (Charles University, Prague) and Theology (South Bohemian University, Ceske Budejovice). Since 1998 he has been an Associate Professor at Charles University, Prague. During the academic year 2004-05, he was a Visiting Professor at University of Regensburg, Germany. He is a co-founder of Souvislosti - Revue for Christianity and Culture (published since 1990). He is also a frequent contributor to Czech media, including Czech television, and leading Czech newspapers on religious, cultural, and political issues. Currently he is a Fulbright Fellow at the Boisi Center, Boston College, where he is working on a research project "The Other Religious America: Contemporary Attempts to Find Solutions to Conflicts Between Religious and Civic Principles in American Society and Culture."
Rowan Ireland (2005)
Rowan Ireland who was a Visiting Scholar in 2005 is on a return visit until the end of May. Ireland has retired from undergraduate teaching and administration at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia, but he continues with graduate dissertation supervision and research activities. He is presently working on chapters for a book on residents' associations in favelas in Brazil, and on a paper for an edited book on the University of Melbourne Catholic Apostolate (aka the Newman Society) 1950-1970.
Anthony Waterman (2002)
Anthony Waterman was a fellow at St John's College, Winnipg from 1959 through 2006, where he taught economics and political science. He holds a PhD in economics from Australian National University and is an ordained priest. He retired in 2006 and resides in Winnipeg.
Lynn Davidman (2000-2001)
Lynn Davidman (Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1986) is a qualitative sociologist who is Professor of in American Civilization, Gender Studies and Judaic Studies. She works in the fields of gender studies and the sociology of religion. She has published books and articles that offer feminist perspectives of Jewish Studies, and explore the topics of women and religion, women and Judaism, and gender and religion. She is currently working on her new book, Leaving Home. She is the author of the book Motherloss (University of California Press, 2000). She is on the advisory board of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton,and is a member of the Editorial Board for Qualitative Sociology.
Douglas Creed (2001-2002)
W.E. Douglas Creed is an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island in the College of Business Administration. He holds a PhD in Business Administration at Haas School of Business, University of California. He has previously taught at Boston College, University of Massachusetts (Boston) and MIT Slone School. His research interest include organizational behavior and industrial relations organization theory, identity and diversity, and social movement activities, corporate community responsibility, strategies. In 2007 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in New Zealand.