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2013-2014 Dissertations

Thomas F. Burke, “Self –Emptying Love: Kenosis, Sacraments and the Church”, directed by Frederick Lawrence

Benjamin Durheim, “Christ’s Gift, Our Response: Martin Luther and Louis-Marie Chauvet on the Connection Between Sacraments and Ethics”, directed by John Baldovin, S.J.

Katie Grimes, “Christ Divided: White Supremacy as a Corporate Vice in the Body of Christ”, directed by James Keenan, S.J.

Michael Jaycox, “Righteous Anger and Virtue Ethics: A Contemporary Reconstruction of Anger in Service to Justice”, directed by James Keenan, S.J.

Matthew Kruger, “The Freedom of the Mind for God: Reflexivity and Spiritual Exercises in Thomas Aquinas”, directed by Stephen Brown

Emma O’Donnell, “The Liturgical Transformation of Time: Memory and Eschatological Anticipation in Christian and Jewish Liturgy”, directed by John Baldovin, S.J.

Erik John Ranstrom, “The Unknown Body of Christ: Towards a Retrieval of the Early Panikkar’s Christology of Religions”, directed by Catherine Cornille

Autumn Alcott Ridenour, “Union With Christ for the Aging: A consideration of Aging and Death in the Theology of St. Augustine and Karl Barth”, directed by Lisa Sowle Cahill

Raymond Ward, “Collectives in Christian Ethics: A Study of Reinhold Niebuhr and Jacques Maritain”, directed by Lisa Sowle Cahill

Employment as of May 2014

Jeremy Cruz, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at St. John's University (beginning September '14). Adjunct Professor of Theology at Fordham University

Nichole Flores, Instructor Theology Department, Saint Anselm College

Katie Grimes, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics, Villanova University

Michael Jaycox, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Seattle University

Cristina Richie, Adjunct Faculty, Health Care Ethics [Lib. 512], Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, MA. Spring 2014. [2 sections] Instructor, Ethics, UMASS Boston, Urban Scholar Program, Dorchester, MA. Summer 2013.

Autumn Ridenour, Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Studies, Merrimack College

Joshua Snyder, 2013-15 Adjunct Theology Lecturer, Labouré College

Brian Traska, part-time faculty position in theology Spring 2014 semester at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire

2012-2013 Dissertations

Kevin Ahern, Structures of Grace: Catholic Nongovernmental Organizations and the Mission of the Church, directed by David Hollenbach

Hoa Trung Dinh, SJ, Theological Medical Ethics: A Virtue-base Approach, directed by Lisa Sowle Cahill

Walter Hannam, The Ineutabile of Honorius Augustodunensis: A Study in the textures of early Twelfth-Century Augustinianisms, directed by Stephen Brown

Jill O'Brien, Images of God, Roles of Humanity, and Ecological Ramifications: Hope and Realism in the Renewal of Creation, directed by Lisa Sowle Cahill

Steve Okey, The Plural and Ambiguous Self: The Theological Anthropology of David Tracy, directed by Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM

Jeremy Sabella, The Politics of Original Sin: Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian Realism and its Cold War Realist, directed by Michael Himes

Rene Sanchez, Agapic Solidarity: Practicing the Love Command in a Globalized Reality, directed by Roberto Goizueta


Employment as of May 2013

Kevin Ahern, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College.

John R. Barker, OFM, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.

Nichole Flores, Assistant Professor in Moral Theology at Saint Anselm College.

Jill O'Brien, Assistant Professor, Theology Department, Creighton University (Omaha, NE). (Beginning July 2013)

Steve Okey, Assistant Professor of Theology at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, FL.

Kevin Ahern, Adjunct professor, Boston College Center for the Church in the 21st Century, 2012-13.

Kevin Ahern, Adjunct professor at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, 2012-13.

Megan Anechiario, Instructor in the Religious Studies Department at Rivier
College in Nashua, NH for the 2013-14 academic year.

Kevin Johnson, Adjunct Professor for Religious Studies and Philosophy at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT in Fall 2012 – Intro to Philosophy; Intro to Religious Studies; 2 Sections of Intro to Religious Studies in Spring 2013; Fall 2013 – Intro to Religious Studies; I petitioned for and had accepted a new course at the school – Comparative Theology: Buddhist-Christian Comparisons and Dialogue.

Kevin Johnson, Adjunct Professor for Religious Studies at Fairfield University in the Fall of 2013 – Intro to Religious Studies.

Cristina Richie, Instructor, Bioethics and Ecology, UMASS Boston, Urban Scholar Program, Dorchester, MA. Summer 2012.

Christina Richie, Adjunct Instructor, Comparative Religions [Abrahamic Faiths], Marian Court College, Swampscott, MA. Fall 2012.

Jeremy Sabella, Instructional Assistant, Yale Divinity School.

Joshua Snyder, Adjunct Lecturer: Labouré College, Boston, MA.

Cristina Richie, Proofreader, World Council of Churches [WCC]. International Inter-Orthodox Consultation on the Ecumenical Movement in Theological Education and in the Life of Orthodox Churches, book forthcoming. Summer 2012.

Cristina Richie, Proofreader, Boston Theological Institute [BTI] magazine. Fall 2012.


2011-2012 Dissertations

James Arinello, Simplified by the Highest Simplicity: Mystical Account According to Thomas Gallus, directed by Stephen Brown.

Karen Bautista Enriquez, Interrupting the Conversation on Kenosis and Sunyata: Buddhist and Christian Women in Search of the Relational Self, directed by John Makransky.

Albertus Bagus Laksana, Journeying to God in Communion with the Other: A Comparative Theological Study of the Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Traditions in South Central Java and their contributions to the Catholic Theology of Communio Sanctorum, directed by James Morris.

Matthew Jon Sherman, "Become what you receive." A Transformative Eucharistic Vision of the Family, Engaging the History and Theology of U.S. Catholicism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, directed by Lisa Cahill.

John T. Slotemaker, Pierre D'Ailly and the Development of the Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology: (with an edition of Quaestiones Super Primum Sententiarum,QQ. 4-8, 10), directed by Stephen Brown.

Kevin Vander Schel, Whose Kingdom Shall Have No End: Christ and History in Friedrich Schleiermacher's Glaubenslehre and Christliche Sittenlehre, directed by Fred Lawrence.


Employment as of May 2012

Kevin Ahern, Adjunct Professor, Blessed John XXIII National Seminary (Fall, 2011) Course: Catholic Social Doctrine.

Megan Anechiarico, instructor in the Religious Studies Department at Rivier
College in Nashua, NH for the 2012-­13 academic year.

John Barker, Adjunct instructor of Old Testament at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Bagus Laksana, adjunct faculty, Appointment as a visiting scholar and postdoctoral fellow at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Andrew Salzmann, Tenure track position, Theology Department, Benedictine College (Atchison, KS).

John Slotemaker, Tenure track position in Medieval Christianity, Department of Religion, Fairfield University.

Jen Wade, Introduction to Religious Studies (Fall 2012) and Women in Christianity (Spring 2012), Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Emmanuel College, Boston, Massachusetts.


2010-2011 Dissertations

Melissa Loya, “I will utterly sweep everything away from the Fare of the Earth.” Decreation in Israel’s Prophetic Literature, directed by David Vanderhooft.

Bienvenu Mayemba, Christian Liberation and Postcolonial Consciousness: Jean-Marc Ela’s Reappropriation of African Subjectivity Perspectives, directed by Shawn Copeland.

Elisee Rutagambwa, Reclaiming the Actual Humanness of the Subject of Rights. Learned lessons from Rwanda and Ethical Perspectives, directed by David Hollenbach.

Lucas Chan (Yiu Sing Luke), Why Scripture Scholars and Theological Ethicists need one another: Exegeting and Interpreting the Beatitudes as a Scripted Script for Ethical Living, directed by James Keenan.

Joseph Mudd, Eucharist and Chauvet’s Symbol and Sacrament drawing on the works of Bernard Lonergan, directed by Fred Lawrence.

Bethany Kiernan Haile, A Good Appetite: A Thomistic Approach to the Study of Eating Disorder and Body Dissatisfaction in American Women, directed by Stephen Pope.

Maria McDowell, The Joy of Enacted Virtue: Toward the Ordination of Women to the Eastern Orthodox Priesthood, directed by Francine Cardman.

Sean Paul, “By their fruits you shall know the”: Ecclesial Fruitfulness as a standard of Protestant and Angelican Ecclesiality, drawing on the works of Joseph Ratzinger and Walter Kasper, directed by Mary Ann Hinsdale.

Elizabeth Keck, The Glory of Yahweh, Name Theology, and Ezekiel’s Understanding of Divine Presence, directed by David Vanderhooft.

Sarah Marie Moses, Agency and the Elderly: A Christian Ethic of Care, directed by Lisa Cahill.

Yeonge Seon Kim, The Chronicler’s Description of the Temple Administration and the Incorporation of Non-Priestly Cultic Personnel among the Levities, directed by David Vanderhooft.

Nicholas Cohen, Patristic Analogues in Anselm of Canterbury’s Cur Deus Homo, directed by Stephen Brown.

Demetrios Tonias, Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom, directed by Ruth Langer.

Bede Bidlack, In Good Company: The Body and Divinization in Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, SJ and Daoist Xiao Yingsou, directed by Catherine Cornille.


Employment as of May 2011

Bede Bidlack accepted a position in the Theology Department, St. Anselm College.

Lucas Chan (Yiu Sing Luke), adjunct faculty, The Department of Cultural and Religious Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK, Fall 2011.

Lucas Chan (Yiu Sing Luke), adjunct faculty, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/Santa Clara University, USA Spring 2012.

Nicholas Cohen, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Urshan Graduate School of Theology in Florissant, MO.

John Edwards accepted a position: St. Rita of Cascia Fellow in Campus Ministry, Villanova University. Three-year, full-time position

Karen Enriquez accepted tenure track position as Assistant Professor in Comparative Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH starting Fall 2011.

Beth Haile accepted a tenure track position at Carroll College in Helena, MT.

Kathy Richman, Lecturer in the Baccalaureate General Education Dept. at Labouré College, teaching 300-level ethics and intercultural communication courses.

Matthew Sherman, accepted a tenure-track appointment in theological ethics at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.


2009-2010 Dissertations

Nicholas Owen Austin, “Thomas Aquinas on the Four Causes of Temperance,” directed by James Keenan, S.J. (May 2010).

Matthew J. Bagot, “The Future of Global Governance: Towards a Catholic Contribution Regarding the Idea of State Sovereignty,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.0.J (March 2010).

Steven Douglas Cone, “Transforming Desire: The Relation of Religious Conversion and Moral Conversion in the Later Writing of Bernard Lonergan,” directed by Frederick Lawrence (August 2009).

Thomas Joseph Maximilian Curry, III, “On the Promise of Film as a Locus Mystagogicus: An Appraisal from the Perspectives of Roman Catholic Teaching on Cinema and Karl Rahner’s Fundamental Theology,” directed by Robert Imbelli (May 2010).

Jason Michael Donnelly, “Ecclesiology in Motion: Ecumenical Vocation and the Developing Ecclesial Identity and Self-Understanding of the United Church of Christ (USA),” directed by Mark Burrows (December 2009).

Kathryn A. Getek, “Just Punishment? A virtue ethics approach to prison reform in the United States,” directed by James Keenan, S.J. (May 2010).

Carolyn Weir Herman, “Living as a Sacrament of God’s Reign: Toward a Renewed Ethics in the Catholic Church,” directed by Lisa Sowle Cahill.

Suzanne Judith Hevelone, “Preaching the Saints: The Legenda Aurea and Sermones De Sanctis of Jacobus De Voragine,” directed by Stephen Brown (May 2010).

Christian S. Krokus, “Faith Seeking Understanding: Louis Massignon’s (1883-1962) Catholic Conversation with Islam,” directed by Frederick Lawrence (December 2009).

Catherine Lane Muldoon, “Jonah, Nineveh, and the Problem of Divine Justice,” directed by David Vanderhooft (September 2009).

Amanda Osheim, “The Bishop’s Discernment of the Sensus Fidelium: Insights from the Jesuit Tradition,” directed by Michael Himes (March 2010).

Mark Potter, “Solidarity as Spiritual Exercise: A Contribution to the Development of Solidarity in the Catholic Social Tradition,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J. (August 2009).

Tisha M. Rajendra, “The Rights of the Stranger: Justice, Responsibility and the Ethics of Migration,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J. (December 2009).

Anna Floerke Scheid, “Resistance and Reconciliation: Lessons from South Africa on a Twofold Approach to Conflict Resolution,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J. (August 2009).

Elizabeth Beshear Toft, “Christ’s Role in Sanctification according to St. Thomas Aquinas,” directed by Frederick Lawrence (August 2009).

Employment as of May 2010

Nick Austin, S.J., is joining the faculty of Heythrop College, London, where he will teach moral theology.

Catherine Muldoon will be an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, this coming year.

Amanda Osheim has accepted a tenure-track position in the Religious Studies Department of Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.

Matthew Sherman will be an instructor at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN, beginning this fall.


2008-2009 Dissertations

Meghan Julia Clark, “Participation and the Human Person: Integrating Solidarity and Human Rights in Catholic Social Teaching,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J. (May 2009).

Hiutung Chan, “In Search of Transcendent Order in the Violent World: A Theological Meditation on Laozi’s Daode Jing and Augustine’s De Trinitate,” directed by S. Mark Heim (December 2008).

Laurie Johnston, “Signposts for an Ethic of Peacemaking: Reading Guadium et Spes In the List of Yves Congar and the Community of Sant’Egidio,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J. (December 2008).

Michon Marie Matthiesen, “Sacrifice, Grace and Contemplative Prayer in Maurice de la Taille, S.J.,” directed by John Baldovin (August 2008).

Mark T. Miller, “Why the Passion? Bernard Lonergan, S.J., on the Cross as Communication,” directed by Fred Lawrence (August 2008).

Michael Patrick Moreland, “Subsidiarity and the Safeguards of Federalism,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J. (May 2009).

Pyong-Gwan Pak, S.J., “The Vernacular, Mystical Theology of Jan Van Ruusbroec: Exploring Sources, Contexts, and Theological Practices,” directed by Fred Lawrence (August 2008).

L. Matthew Petillo, “The ‘Experience of Grace’ in the Theologies of Bernard Lonergan and Karl Rahner,” directed by Fred Lawrence (May 2009).

Daniel Patrick Scheid, “Let All Creatures Praise the Lord”: God, Creation and Promoting the Cosmic Common Good,” directed by Stephen Pope (August 2009).


Employment as of May 2009

Meghan Clark has accepted a tenure-track appointment as assistant professor of moral theology at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester.

Brian Flanagan begins a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, this fall. For the past two years Brian has been a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross.

Kathryn Getek is completing her first year as Catherine of Siena Teaching Fellow in Ethics at Villanova University, where she also is a staff member in the university's Center for Peace and Justice Education.

Christian Krokus has accepted a tenure-track appointment as assistant professor of Catholic and comparative theologies at the University of Scranton.

Joe Mudd has been appointed to the tenure track at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, in the Religious Studies Department. During the current semester Joe has been a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross.


2007-2008 Dissertations

Jacquineau Azetsop, “Preferential Option for the Poor and Health Equity in Africa: A Theological Approach to Population-level Bioethics,” directed by Jim Keenan (November 2007).

Daniel Daly, “From nature to Second Nature; The Relations of Natural Law, Acquired Virtue, and Moral Precepts in Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae," directed by Jim Keenan (March 2008).

Brian Flanagan, “Communion, Diversity, and Salvation; The Contribution of Jean-Marie Tillard, O.P., to Systematic Theology,” directed by Mary Ann Hinsdale (June 2007).

Walter Kasinskas, “Saint Jerome’s Adversus Helvidium: A Manuscript, Historical, Theological, and Rhetorical Study," directed by Margaret Schatkin (October 2007).

Randall Rosenberg, “Theory and Drama in Balthasar’s and Lonergan’s Theology of Christ’s Consciousness and Knowledge: An Essay in Dialectics,” directed by Frederick Lawrence (February 2008).

Jonathan Paul Sydnor, “Ramanuja and Schleiermacher: Toward a Constructive Comparative Theology,” directed by Frank Clooney (March 2008).

Karen Teel, “The Role of the Body in the Image of God: Resources in Womanist Theology,” directed by M. Shawn Copeland (June 2007).

Jaime Vidaurrazaga, “Lifelong Neophytes: Towards a Baptismal Understanding of Christian Morality,” directed by Jim Keenan (October 2007).


Employment as of May 2008

Steve Cone is an instructor of theology at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary.

Dan Daly has a tenure-track position in the Theology Department at St. Anselm’s College.

Brian Flanagan was lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at the College of the Holy Cross this year and will be adjunct assistant professor in that department in the coming academic year.

Michon Matthiesen has been appointed assistant professor of systematic theology at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, Menlo Park, CA.

Mark Miller has accepted a tenure-track position in the Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco.

Randy Rosenberg has accepted a tenure-track position at Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO.

Anna Floeke Scheid teaches theological ethics at Duquesne University.

Jaime Vidaurrazaga has a tenure-track position in the Religious Studies Department of Emmanuel College.