Casey Beaumier, S.J., is the director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in United States religious history from Boston College and focused his dissertation on the development of Jesuit education in the 20th century. At Boston College, Fr. Beaumier teaches in the Capstone Program and lives in Fenwick Hall, where he serves as mentor and spiritual director for students, seminarians, women religious, and priests. In addition to directing the Institute, Fr. Beaumier also serves as Vice President and University Secretary.
Seth Meehan, Ph.D., is the associate director at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. He received his bachelor's degree in theology from Georgetown University and his master's and doctorate degrees in history from Boston College. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Catholic Historical Review, Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Theological Studies, and Boston College Magazine, where he is a contributing editor. His scholarship has been recognized with awards from the American Catholic Historical Association, the Catholic Library Association, and other organizations. Currently, he is writing a biography of a nineteenth-century Jesuit, John McElroy, and editing a volume on a second, Salvatore Brandi.
Matt Schweitzer is the associate director at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Boston College. After several years working in the investment services sector at State Street Bank, he decided to pursue a career within the nonprofit world, spurred on by his participation in the 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. He first worked as a financial consultant within the Archdiocese of Boston, then Director of Finance and Operations at two Catholic parishes and schools, and most recently, as Assistant Controller at Saint Anselm College. At the Institute, he oversees strategic planning, marketing, financial and administrative leadership, and fundraising, among other areas, to assist in the development and promotion of the programs offered by the Institute. He has deep regard for Society of Jesus and Catholic education and is passionate about furthering the work of the Society through the mission of the Institute.
Claude Pavur, S.J., an associate editor, specializes in the translation of Latin documents relating to the Society of Jesus. His graduate degrees are in scripture, philosophy, and classics. At the Institute he has produced English editions of the famous Jesuit plan of studies from 1599 (the Ratio Studiorum, 2005), Ribadeneira's life of Ignatius (2014), and the Latin texts in the first Jesuit pedagogy reader (2016). His recent overview of the historiography of Jesuit pedagogy is available at Brill's Jesuit Historiography Online. Other interests of his include Jesuit education and formation, classical humanism, and Latin pedagogy. He has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1973.
Robert Gerlich, S.J., an associate editor, obtained his B.A degree in Philosophy from St. Louis University (1972), M.A. in European History from Saint Louis University (1977); Bakkalaureat in Catholic Theology from Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (1980) and Ph.D in Modern European History from Saint Louis University (1987). Prior to coming to the Institute in 2021, Fr. Gerlich was a member of the editorial and research staff of the Encyclopedia of Jesuit History project under the direction of the Jesuit Historical Institute in Rome, Italy (1987-1988) and for a semester and several summers thereafter. He was an associate professor of history at Loyola University New Orleans from 1989 until 2021, when he was granted emeritus status. His present project at the Institute involves translating and editing a new biography of St. Ignatius by Enrique García Hernán.
Taiga Guterres is the assistant director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies for marketing and programming, where he promotes the Institute's publications, events, and mission through print and digital efforts. He assists in managing the Institute's programming and digital events and retreats. Taiga has over 10 years of experience working with the Society of Jesus and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Theology & Ministry and an M.S.W. from Boston College. He is on the editorial board of Integratus, the journal of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, and is a core member of the Psychological Humanities & Ethics initiatives at Boston College.
Virginia Greeley is the fiscal and operations administrator at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. She has a background in publishing and has worked at Boston College since 2008. Greeley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northeastern University and is pursuing an M.A. in English from Boston College. Her other research interests include theology and literature.
Cristiano Casalini, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Endowed Chair in Jesuit Pedagogy and Educational History, and a Research Scholar with the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College. He teaches History of Jesuit Pedagogy, Social Justice in Jesuit Contexts, and Philosophy of Education. Casalini’s field of research is mainly early modern education and especially Jesuit education. He has worked on critical texts and commentaries of 16th and 17th century classics of education, especially in and around the Jesuit order. He is currently working of editing educational writings and documents as produced by Jesuit during the early modern period. He recently edited a collective volume on Jesuit Philosophy on the Eve of Modernity (Leiden-Boston, 2019). He also provided with Claude Pavur the first volume of a series devoted to the history of Jesuit pedagogy, entitled Jesuit Pedagogy. A Reader (1540–1616) (Boston: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2016). He also wrote a book on the Cursus Conimbricensis and the education at the Jesuit college of Coimbra (Rome: Anicia, 2012; and, in Portuguese, Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2015; in English, New York: Routledge, 2017), which was awarded with the Prémio Joaquím de Carvalho, 2016. Casalini serves as editor-in-chief of a series published by Brill on History of Early Modern Educational Thought.
Barton T. Geger, S.J., is a research scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Assistant Professor of the Practice at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, and general editor of Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. He holds an M.A. in philosophy from Saint Louis University, a M.Th. in Systematic Theology from Heythrop College, an STL in historical theology from (then) Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a doctorate in sacred theology from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. He writes on Ignatian spirituality and early Jesuit history. His essays include "Ten Things That St. Ignatius Never Said or Did" and “What Magis Really Means and Why It Matters.” He currently edits new editions of the Jesuit Constitutions and of the "Autobiography" of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Emanuele Colombo Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies at DePaul University. Emanuele was 2018 fellow at the Institute, and now as an affiliated scholar he continues to develop the Digital Indipetae Database where letters written by Jesuits to the Superior General of the Society of Jesus to apply for the missions overseas can accessed for scholarly research.
Emanuele created the Jesuit Studies Café, informal online conversations, hosted at the Insitute, with the world's preeminent scholars working on the history, spirituality, and educational heritage of the Society of Jesus.
Eugenio Menegon Ph.D., came to the Institute as an Associate Professor of History at Boston University and having directed the university's Center for the Study of Asia. He used his fellowship to study the daily life and political networking of European residents (especially Jesuits of the French and Portuguese missions) at the Qing court in Beijing during the 17th-18th centuries. His personal website is available at: http://blogs.bu.edu/emenegon/
Andrew Barrette received his Ph.D. in 2018 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he finished his dissertation, The Origin of the Question: The Structure and Emergence of Questioning in Edmund Husserl’s Work, under the direction of Anthony Steinbock. He is in the process of preparing a manuscript on similar themes in Husserl’s method which means to ground his future work in phenomenological ethics.
Barrette is currently a Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Boston College and a collaborating fellow of the Lonergan Institute and Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies. At the Institute, Barrette is researching Jesuits in Leuven at the turn to the 20th century, focusing especially on Joseph Maréchal and Pierre Scheuer. Along with editing some of their work, he aims to show the enduring significance of how they engaged, understood, and influenced philosophical and theological traditions. To this end, Barrette highlights how their method emphasizes a charitable approach to interpretation. From this, he aims to prepare further research into the missionary and ecumenical work of the students of this school.
2021 - 2022 Research Fellows
Alessandro Corsi (Ph.D. “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” of Milan) specializes in qualitative and quantitative historical analysis of Ancien Régime social structures, observed through the lens of digital tools.
During his semester fellowship at the Institute, Corsi will continue the development of a database based on Triennales and Breves registration catalogs of the Old Society, which he started during his postdoctoral research held at Fondazione 1563 between 2019–2021 (La rete culturale dei professori gesuiti nella Provincia Mediolanensis durante il XVII secolo. Docenze mobilità e scambi eruditi nell’élite intellettuale della Compagnia di Gesù tra Piemonte Liguria e Lombardia in età barocca (1615-1730), Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino 2022).
Jose M. Cruz, S.J. (Ph.D. Cornell University) has served as Vice President for University and Global Relations at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He joins the Institute during his sabbatical, after 21 years on administrative assignments.
During his time at the Institute, Cruz will be researching the transfer of leadership of the Philippine Mission from the Aragon Province to the Maryland-New York Province, in the years 1921–1927 and onwards. In addition, Cruz will be researching the experience of the Aragon Province Jesuits in their new assignment, the Bombay Mission. With the large narrative written up, he is focusing now on the experience of the Spanish and American Jesuits, who needed an extended period in order for them to work with each other productively.
Claudio Ferlan (Ph.D. University of Trieste) is a full-time researcher at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento, Italy, where he is also working as editor-in-chief of FBK Magazine.
Ferlan was a fellow at the Institute for a semester in 2019 to conduct research on the food history of the Society of Jesus in the early modern Atlantic world. He returns to the IAJS in the Spring 2022 semester to complete a project that will lead to the publication of a handbook of Jesuit history from Ignatius to Bergoglio with Jesuit Sources.
Sonia Isidori (Ph.D. University of Naples "L'Orientale") held a two-semester fellowship at the Institute during the 2020–2021 academic year. She worked on the Digital Indipetae Database, especially on the letters written during the long generalate of Muzio Vitelleschi (1615–1645). Through these letters, Dr. Isidori explored the Jesuit reactions to the creation of the Congregation "De Propaganda Fide" (1622) and the Jesuit vocation to martyrdom during the Sicilian plague of 1624–26.
She returns to the Institute for the Fall of 2021 to continue her work with the Digital Indipetae Database. See the first Digital Indipetae Newsletter for more information about their works.
Jack Erlanger is a graduate assistant with the Institute. He is currently in his second year of studies at Boston College and is pursuing an M.T.S. degree with a concentration in Systematic Theology. He received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.
Noah Gurzenski is one of the Institute's graduate assistants. He is in the midst of his first year of studies as an M.Div. candidate at Boston College. Noah received his B.A. in philosophy and American studies from Kenyon College.
Ashlee Hatch is one of the Institute's graduate assistants. She is in her first year of the MDiv program at Boston College. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Brigham Young University. Ashlee has experience with religious education and is interested in pursuing interreligious connection and community.
James Thibodeau is a first year MTS student at Boston College STM. He spent the majority of his life in New Hampshire, where he also began his teaching career. He received his Bachelors or Arts degree in Theology from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. James has taught theology for three years at St. John Paul II CHS, before coming back to the Northeast for graduate school.
Sadie Yates is a graduate assistant with the Institute. She is in her second year of the M.T.S. program at Boston College, concentrating in Systematic Theology. She received her B.A. and her M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and worked in parish ministry before coming to BC. Her research interests include the intersection of faith and culture, the global Church, and theology done from marginalized perspectives.
Britni Cole is a junior at Boston College majoring in Psychology B.A. and Communications. She spent the first 14 years of her life in Jamaica before she moved to South Portland, ME where she spends her time when not at Boston College. She enjoys doing work for the Rotary Club, working with a local event planner, and being a part of several clubs at Boston College.
Stephen Eckelkamp is an undergraduate assistant with the Institute. He is a Freshman at Boston College, and is currently undeclared in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.
Kyleigh Ramos is a senior in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, working towards her degree in Computer Science. Additionally, she is concentrating in Management and Leadership in the Carroll School of Management.
Macy Ryan is an undergraduate assistant at the Institute. She is currently in her third year of studies at Boston College, and is pursuing a B.A. in History and Sociology.