Elizabeth Shlala

Elizabeth Shlala (Lee Pellegrini)

Elizabeth Shlala, a Jesuit-educated scholar specializing in history, migration, and gender, has been appointed assistant director of the Core Curriculum, Associate Professor of Sociology Brian Gareau, associate dean for the core, has announced.

As assistant director, Shlala will assist Gareau in providing academic leadership and day-to-day management of the Core program; chairing the curriculum subcommittee of the University Core Renewal Committee, and participating in course development, promotion, and registration advising related to Enduring Questions and Complex Problems core courses. 

She will also coordinate Core Renewal pedagogical workshops, support the Core Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor postdoctoral fellow program, and assist with the assessment and review of Core Curriculum courses.

“I’m delighted to have Dr. Shlala as colleague at Boston College,” said Gareau. “Elizabeth’s administrative experiences, interest in Jesuit pedagogy, and excellent scholarly work make her ideally suited for this role.”

“I was drawn to this position as a teacher, scholar, and administrator with a strong passion for Jesuit education,” said Shlala, who earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Georgetown University and is the parent of a Boston College High School student. “The interdisciplinary and integrative nature of the Core Curriculum is fundamental to re-envisioning liberal arts education, and I am tremendously excited to be a part of it. The core is a distinctive aspect of Boston College and I hope to contribute to its continued success.”

Shlala also holds the title of associate professor of the practice and will teach core courses in areas such as history, gender studies, and migration.

Prior to her arrival at BC earlier this semester, Shlala was a visiting scholar at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She was also a fellow at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies from 2015-17. From 2012-15, she was a teaching fellow and research fellow in the International History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was awarded two teaching prizes. She has taught at Georgetown and Barnard College and spent a year as a visiting scholar at Columbia University. She is the author of the book, The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law and Gender.


— Kathleen Sullivan | University Communications | October 2018