About the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life was created at Boston College in 1999 with an endowment from Geoffrey T. Boisi ‘69 and his wife Rene (Isacco) Boisi ‘69. From the outset its mission has been to create opportunities where a community of scholars, policy makers, media, and religious leaders can connect in conversation and scholarly reflection around issues at the intersection of religion and American public life. Our hope is that such conversations can clarify the moral consequences of public policies in ways that help to maintain the common good while respecting America’s increasing religious diversity.


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Mission of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The Boisi Center is committed to fostering rigorous, civil, and constructive conversations about religion in American public life, in pursuit of the common good of a religiously diverse society. We bring exceptional scholarship into dialogue with engaged citizenship and the creative arts, in order to produce meaningful exchanges that inform, challenge, and inspire. In doing this we support Boston College's Jesuit and Catholic commitment to education that shapes minds and souls alike for service to others. 

We feel that in the current social and political climate this work is more important than ever, and we invite you to join us.

Media Outreach for the Boisi Center

The Center’s staff fields media inquiries and reaches out to print and broadcast journalists with the goal of contributing to a better-informed civic discussion of issues that affect public life.


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Mark Massa, S.J.


Areas of expertise: American religion; American Catholicism;
religion and culture in 19th and 20th century America.


General contact information

The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Boston College
24 Quincy Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

617-552-1863 (fax)


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