Meet the Fellows
Fellowships are awarded to scholars in the fields of history, spirituality, and pedagogy, among others, to facilitate the completion and/or publication of academic work related to the Society of Jesus.
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.
Fr. Christopher Collins, S.J. (Ph.D., Boston College) held a semester fellowship with the Institute, where he completed his latest book with Ave Maria Press, titled Habits of Freedom. He now serves as the Vice President for Mission at the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota.
Rev. Robert S. Gerlich, S.J. (Ph.D., Saint Louis University) held a one semester fellowship at the Institute, where he worked on translating and evaluating a new biography of St. Ignatius by Enrique García Hernán. He now works as an associate editor for the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies.
Louise Rice (Ph.D., Columbia University) held a semester fellowship with the Institute where she prepared a typological and cultural history of Roman thesis prints and the festive academic context for which they were made. Thesis prints, or "conclusions" as they were usually called in the seventeenth-century, are elaborate dedicatory images commissioned to decorate the thesis broadsheets of students undergoing a public academic defense at a college or university.
Christoph Sander (Ph.D., Technische Universität Berlin) was a postdoctoral researcher at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome) when he came to the Institute. He devoted his semester fellowship to preparing a digital edition of a sixteenth-century Italian manuscript, which contains the first monographic treatise on magnetism and was written by the Jesuit, Leonardo Garzoni (1543-1592).
Claudio Ferlan (Ph.D., Università degli studi di Trieste) came to the Institute for one-semester while a full-time researcher at the Italian-German Historical Institute (Bruno Kessler Foundation) in Trento, Italy. With his one-semester fellowship, Ferlan conducted archival research and wrote on the food habits of Jesuit missionaries as part of his larger book project on the history of the Society of Jesus.
Hilmar Pabel (Ph.D., Yale University) was a Professor of History at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada when he used his fellowship to finish chapters of his book on the literary career of Peter Canisius. His semester's research focused on Canisius’ polemical treatises on St. John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary, available in a 1583 edition at Boston College’s Burns Library.
Marco Rochini (Ph.D., Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano) held a two-semester fellowship at the Institute. He used his time both to coordinate the launch of the Digital Indipetae Database and to finish a book project on the first indipetae written during the "New" Society of Jesus, providing historical context of the Jesuit petitions appearing in the open-access database.
Andrew Barrette (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale) held a two-semester fellowship at the Institute. At the Institute, Barrette researched 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 prepared further research into the missionary and ecumenical work of the students of this school.
Laura Madella (Ph.D., Università Roma Tre) came to the Institute while serving as a research assistant at Università degli Studi di Parma. She used her fellowship at the Institute to research the Jesuits' triennial catalogs, which recorded information about every Jesuit since the 16th century.
Emanuele Colombo (Ph.D., University of Milan and Padua) is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies at DePaul University. Dr. Colombo used his fellowship at the Institute to begin work on a digital database of the indipetae, those letters written by Jesuits to the Superior General of the Society of Jesus to apply for the missions overseas.
Aislinn Muller (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) wrote her doctoral dissertation on the papal excommunication and deposition of Queen Elizabeth I in 1570. While at the Institute, she wrote about the political and religious implications of Queen Elizabeth’s excommunication for the Jesuit missions and began a new project that examines the role of material culture in those missions to early modern England.
Peter Nguyen, S.J., (Ph.D., St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto) came to the Institute as an Assistant Professor of Theology at Creighton University. He used his fellowship to write a book on the writings and theology of Alfred Delp.
Elisa Frei (Ph.D., Università degli Studi di Udine) worked with Simon Ditchfield at the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York before coming to the Institute. She used to her fellowship to develop doctoral dissertation into a monographic-length publication and to write several articles.
Barbara Ganson (Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin) came to the Institute as a Professor of History and Director of Caribbean and Latin American Studies at Florida Atlantic University. She used her fellowship at the Institute to complete a new English translation and edited volume of Antonio Ruiz de Montoya’s Conquista espiritual hecha por los religiosos de la Compañía de Jesús en las provincias del Paraguay, Paraná, Uruguay y Tape (1639), now available at Jesuit Sources.
Francisco Malta Romeiras (Ph.D., Universidade de Lisboa) used his fellowship at the Institute to complete a book on Jesuit science and education in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He also wrote an essay on the history of the Society of Jesus in Portugal, from the sixteenth century to present times.
Eugenio Menegon (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) 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/
Jeffrey Muller (Ph.D., Yale University) came to the Institute as a Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. He used his fellowship to research the Jesuits' global strategy of accommodation and to write a historiographical essay on Jesuit visual culture, which is available at Jesuit Historiography Online.
Cinthia Gannett (Ph.D., University of New Hampsire) came to the Institute as an Associate Professor of English and Director of Core Writing at Fairfield University. She used her fellowship to research on a historiography essay on Jesuit rhetoric.
Charles Keenan (Ph.D., Northwestern University) used his fellowship at the Institute to complete a translation and annotated edition of The Exercise of a Christian Life (Esercitio della vita christiana, 1557), a devotional treatise written by Gaspar Loarte, S.J., which is now available at Jesuit Sources. He also wrote a historiographical essay on Jesuit devotional literature, which is available at Jesuit Historiography Online.