Jonathan is a doctoral student in historical theology at Boston College, specializing in patristics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Communication Arts at Bryan College, followed by a master of divinity at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. His current research interests focus on the intersection between Christology and the doctrine of God in late ancient Christianity, the influence that biblical exegesis and ascetical spirituality exerted on these doctrinal developments, and the thought of influential theologians such as Gregory of Nyssa and Augustine of Hippo.
Rob is in the systematics area with a minor in theological ethics. His primary research focus is on questions of how various social forms of the Church are able to resist systems of violence and oppression. Rob is a committed lay Marianist and continues to participate in the ministry and communal life of the Marianist Family both in his home territory of southwest Ohio as well as through national and international ministries.
B. Kevin Brown earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Theological Studies in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Theology in 2011, from Loyola Marymount University. He is began his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Boston College’s Theology Department in 2012. Kevin’s research includes projects in ecclesiology, ecumenism, methods of dialogue, and emerging theologies of ministry and order. His work has been published in Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church (Orbis 2013). He is currently a Lilly Graduate Fellow in Humanities and the Arts. Prior to arriving at Boston College, Kevin worked full-time in university development and stewardship for several years. Additionally, in recent years, he has served as a liturgy coordinator for the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and as an RCIA facilitator.
Jessica Coblentz is a PhD student in the Systematics area. Her popular writing has appeared online at Patheos, God’s Politics, and Religion & Politics, and in print in Catechetical Leader Magazine and From the Pews in the Back: Young Women in Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2009). She was the 2012 recipient of the Graduate Student Award for Excellence at the NEM-MAR regional gathering of the American Academy of Religion. In recent years Jessica has worked in young adult ministry at the Office of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Paulist Center in Boston. She has also served as a resource author and consultant for the Paulists’s national young adult ministry, BustedHalo.
Dan’s interests lie at the intersection of Catholic social thought, virtue ethics, political theology, environmental ethics and economic justice. He is especially focused on the issue of climate change and discernment of how Catholic theological ethics can contribute to deliberations about national climate policy. He has worked as Project Manager for the Catholic Climate Covenant since 2009, and was also a Mission Intern at the Catholic Health Association from 2009-2011. His wife, Katie Corey DiLeo, is a Resident Director at Boston College.
Daniel Horan is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (New York) and a Ph.D. student in the systematics area. He is the author of more than forty articles, which have appeared in journals such as: Heythrop Journal, Worship, Cistercian Studies Quarterly, New Blackfriars, America, Downside Review, The Merton Annual, Spiritual Life, and others. The author of several books including, Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2012) and Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith (Tau Publishing, 2012), Dan’s forthcoming books include Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Assessment of Radical Orthodoxy’s Use of John Duns Scotus (Fortress Press, 2014) and The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing (Ave Maria Press, 2014). Dan has taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Siena College (2010-2011) and in the Theology Department at St. Bonaventure University (2012, 2013). He is a columnist at America magazine and a contributor to Give Us This Day (Liturgical Press) and The Huffington Post.
Kate Jackson is a doctoral student and Flatley Fellow in theological ethics. Kate’s post-college year as a Jesuit Volunteer solidified her commitments to social justice and education. Before starting at Boston College, Kate was a high school teacher for three years, teaching in both the science and religion departments. While at Yale, Kate earned her MAR with a concentration in ethics as well as her teaching credential in secondary biology and chemistry. Weaving together her scientific background with her teaching experience, theological interests, and ethical concerns, Kate focuses primarily on bioethics, the body, and feminist theory. She is also the co-coordinator of the BC Theology Partakers Group, which provides academic support to the imprisoned, and she is a Graduate Assistant for the recently launched Medical Humanities Interdisciplinary Minor at Boston College.
Jaisy Joseph is a Ph.D. student in the Systematics area with a minor in History of Christian Life and Thought. Her areas of academic interest include the history and theology of pre-colonial Christianities, particularly those that developed outside of direct Roman influence (Syriac, Coptic, and Greek). She is interested in how the migration of Eastern Christians to the United States enriches and challenges the development of Catholic ecclesiology in a post-Vatican II context. Jaisy worked as a research associate for the Case Study Initiative at Harvard’s Pluralism Project and co-founded Syro-Study, an annual gathering for the study of the history, spirituality, liturgy, and theology of Syriac Christianity. She is involved in the SyroMalabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago as a national coordinator of the Diocesan Youth Apostolate and serves on the national team of Jesus Youth, an international Catholic lay movement with roots in Kerala, India. Jaisy is the author of The Struggle for Identity Among Syro-Malabar Catholics (Eastern Christian Publications, 2009) and the forthcoming work, Moving Beyond the Margins: Christianity for Second Generation Immigrants (Judson Press, Spring 2014).
Nathaniel Peters is a doctoral student in historical theology at Boston College. He studied linguistics, Latin, and French at Swarthmore College and later received his M.T.S. in historical theology at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in the scholastic and monastic theology of the high Middle Ages, working under Boyd Taylor Coolman. He has published numerous book reviews and articles in journals including America, Commonweal, First Things, and Books & Culture. Nathaniel also sings in the Choir of St. Paul’s, Harvard Square.
Currently pursuing her Ph.D. in theological ethics, Ms. Richie has been working as an adjunct professor in the Boston area since 2010 and has recently taught Interdisciplinary Approaches to Bioethics at Tufts University [Medford, MA.]. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and popular magazines. Richie regularly presents her work at conferences, and in 2013 she won the Catholic Health Association [CHA] Annual Theology and Ethics Colloquium graduate student essay contest for her paper “Building a Framework for Green Bioethics: Integrating Ecology into the Medical Industry.” She is interested in sexual ethics, ecology, bioethics and feminism. She is specifically concerned with population growth and resource consumption and how the medical industry, particularly though supplying reproductive technologies, are exacerbating the deteriorating ecosystem. After she finishes her dissertation (“Green Bioethics: Environmental Implications for Assisted Reproductive Technology” [anticipated]), she plans on writing on the value of a child-free life from an evangelical, feminist and ecological perspective. After that, she plans on working on the connections between meat eating and the sexual oppression of women and consumption and the morality of obesity.
Katie is a doctoral student in historical theology at Boston College, where she focuses on medieval theology. She is particularly interested in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Franciscan theology, spirituality, and history. Prior to coming to Boston College, Katie received a B.A. in Religion/Philosophy from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where she received Departmental Awards in Liberal Studies and English. She then pursued a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, where she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship. Her publications include two articles appearing in the Franciscan spirituality journal, The Cord; a review of The Sunday Sermons of St. Bonaventure (ed. Timothy Johnson, Franciscan Institute: 2008), co-authored with Beverly Mayne Kienzle in Medieval Sermon Studies 55; and a contribution to the online exhibit, A History of Medieval Preaching as seen in the Manuscripts of Houghton Library, entitled “Franciscan Preaching in the High Middle Ages,” edited by Beverly Mayne Kienzle and John Zaleski.
Aaron Taylor studied at the Universities of London and Oxford before being awarded a Flatley Fellowship to join the doctoral program at Boston College. Before beginning graduate study, he worked for a London-based research institute dedicated to raising the quality of thinking about public policy in civil society. His main interests are in the foundations of ethics, public theology, and the relationship between the civil and moral law.
Sarah A. Thomas is pursuing her doctorate in Systematic Theology with a minor in Theological Ethics. Sarah worked as a software developer and consultant for several years before entering theology. Her current research interests include theological anthropology, christology, the dialogue between religion and the cognitive sciences, and ecofeminist theologies. In the past, Sarah has served in her parish as a catechist and family retreat coordinator/facilitator. Before moving to Boston, she founded the Philadelphia Genocide Awareness Group, organizing educational events and speaking to local groups, particularly about the crisis in Darfur. Most recently, Sarah served as a volunteer English instructor for the Boson College Community Center’s ESOL program and is currently the webmaster for BC’s Theology Department.
Kate Ward is a graduate student and Flatley Fellow in theological ethics at Boston College. She is the co-editor (with Lacey Louwagie) of Hungering and Thirsting for Justice: Real-Life Stories by Young Adult Catholics (ACTA Publications, 2012.) Before coming to BC, she did strategic research and community outreach on a long-term union organizing campaign in Chicago. Her research applies the Christian ethical tradition to issues of wealth, poverty and inequality.