Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty members are engaged teacher-scholars with a wide range of interests: the Hebrew prophets, contemporary peace builders, ethics, ecclesiology, Ramanuja and liberation theology. They hold memberships in many scholarly societies such as the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Biblical Literature, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Biblical Association. They teach courses which draw on ancient traditions, but also take their students to experience contemporary societies through travel courses and service learning. They teach in the classroom, at Boston-area religious sites and at the Museum of Fine Arts. Their students organize teach-ins on AIDS, celebrate a Passover seder and create and host their own ecumenical council to update Vatican II. They are also actively engaged in the wider community and among them you will find a Catholic priest, a Protestant minister, a public library trustee and an advocate for the elderly.

Brianne Jacobs

Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies
Ph.D. Fordham University; M.A. Union Theological Seminary; B.A. St. John's College, Annapolis

Laurie Johnston

Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Director of Fellowships and Scholarships
Ph.D., Boston College; M.Div., Harvard Divinity School; B.A. with distinction, University of Virginia

Rev. Thomas Leclerc, M.S.

Chair, Department of Theology & Religious Studies; Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Th.D., Harvard University; M.A. Washington Theological Union; B.A., Merrimack College

Kathleen Mroz

Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies
Ph.D., Boston College; MTS, Harvard Divinity School; B.A., Fordham University

Jonathan Paul Sydnor

Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies
Ph.D., Boston College; M.Div., Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; B.A., University of Virginia

Jaime Vidaurrazaga

Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies; Director of Honors Program
Ph.D., Boston College; S.T.L., Weston Jesuit School of Theology; S.T.B., Centro de Estudos Superiores da Companhia de Jesus, Brazil; Lic. Phil., Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru; B.A., E.S.P.F.L. Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Peru.

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Featured Faculty: Petros Vamvakas

Petros Vamvakas is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs. His work focuses on security and democratization, as well as issues related to identity and race in politics throughout the Americas. As part of his teaching, he has escorted groups of students to Crete, Greece, and will be bringing a group of students to Cuba.

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Saints Spotlight: Ashlee Jeannot '17

While a student, Ashlee Jeannot '17 founded the S.T.A.R.T. program for first years students--a model she took with her after graduation to provide diversity and inclusion training beyond the college campus.

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Saints Spotlight: Shennah Derstine '17

Shennah didn't have to go far to find the right internship opportunity--the graphic design minor reported to Emmanuel's on-campus Marketing & Communications department, where she worked on a range of graphic design projects to promote College events and programs. 

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A Commitment to Service: Justin Prairie '05

Although half a world away in Pakistan, Justin Prairie '05 is never far from Emmanuel and Boston. A foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, Justin currently works on political and military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Martin '17 Launches "Her Campus" at Emmanuel

Key ingredients to Samantha's success included courses that enhanced her knowledge of the field of communications; relationships with classmates, faculty and staff that influenced her personal and professional life; and leadership roles in a broad range of extracurricular activities.

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Saints Spotlight: Christina Ascolillo '17

While at Emmanuel, Christina took advantage of every networking opportunity that came her way, which led to an internship and then a full-time position at the Massachusetts State House.

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