Professor of Italian, Department Chair, Affiliate Faculty Dept. of History
Romance Languages and Literatures
Cavaliere (Knight) in the Ordine della Stella d'Italia awarded by the President of the Republic of Italy, October 2005, in recognition of achievement in the promotion of Italian language and culture.
The Howard R. Marraro Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in Italian History, conferred January 2001, by the American Catholic Historical Association for The Preacher's Demons (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1999).
Bernini: His Life and His Rome. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Domenico Bernini's "Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini:" An English Translation and Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2011.
Piety and Plague: From Byzantium to the Baroque, co-editor. Truman State University Press, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, 2007.
Francis Xavier and the Jesuit Missions in the Far East: An Anniversary Volume of Early Printed Sources in the Jesuitana Collection of the John J. Burns Library, Boston College, co-editor. Chestnut Hill: The Jesuit Institute, 2006.
Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800, co-editor. Exhibition catalogue, Worcester Art Museum, 2005.
The Preacher's Demons: Bernardino of Siena and the Social Underworld of Early Renaissance Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Saints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image. Exhibition catalogue, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 1999.
"Gian Paolo Oliva: The Forgotten Celebrity of Baroque Rome," in The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and His Age, ed. Linda Wolk-Simon (Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University Press, forthcoming, Feb. 2018).
"A Bernini Workshop Drawing for a Tomb Monument," Burlington Magazine (London), n. 1376, vol. 159, November 2017 (forthcoming).
Entries ("Bernini, Gian Lorenzo," "Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ," "Boston College," "IHS Monogram" and "Oliva, Gian Paolo") in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits, ed. Thomas Worcester, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
"Nudus Nudum Christum Sequi: The Franciscans and Differing Interpretations of Male Nakedness in Fifteenth-Century Italy," Fifteenth Century Studies 33 (2008): 171-197.
"Playing with Fire: Did Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Teresa Cross a Seventeenth-Century Line of Decorum?" Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Boston, March 31, 2016.
"The Evolving Profile of the 'Witch' in Early Renaissance Europe: The Trial of Matteuccia of Todi, 1428." Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 21st Interdisciplinary Conference, February 6, 2016, Scottsdale, AZ.
"Bernini, Impresario." Casa Italiana, New York University, February 22, 2016, sponsored by Salon / Sanctuary Concerts.
"Michelangelo: The Life and Works of the Renaissance Genius." Presentation for the Docents of the Phoenix Art Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition, "Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane. Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti, Florence." February 5, 2016.
"How to Become a Celebrity Public Speaker: Instructions from Bernardino of Siena, Popular Preacher of Quattrocento Italy," Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 21st Interdisciplinary Conference, February 7, 2015, Scottsdale, AZ.
"Bernini: Impresario Supreme of Baroque Rome." Yale University, Institute of Sacred Music, April 26, 2014.
Bernini: His Life and His Rome: lecture given at The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort, Worth, Texas, March 2, 2013 and The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, October 23, 2013.
"Bernini's Models in Clay: What the Biographical Sources Reveal," paper given in the symposium, "Bernini Beyond Clay," Harvard University, the Mahindra Humanities Center, Nov. 16, 2012.
"Bernini and the Baroque Transformation of the Catholic Imagination," public lecture, Villanova University, Oct. 2, 2012, sponsored by the Villanova Office of the Vice President for Mission and Ministry.
"Bernini and His Rome," public lecture at the Italian Institute for Culture, San Francisco, Feb. 17, 2012.
"A Pope's Banquet and a Jesuit's Oration for a Newly Converted Queen: Alexander VII, Gian Paolo Oliva, and Christina of Sweden, Dec. 26, 1655," Sixteenth Century Conference, Geneva, May 28, 2009.
"Nothing as It Seems: Annotations (Reconstructive and Deconstructive) upon Domenico Bernini's Vita del Cav. Gio. Lorenzo Bernini." Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 4, 2008.
"Raphael's Disputa at the Vatican: Neither Disputation nor Eucharist," UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Mellon Fdtn Sawyer Seminar Series, "Disputation: Arguing In and Out of the University," April 22, 2008.