Faculty

Rev. Dr. John J. Ranieri
Director of the Honors Program
Thomas and Ruth Sharkey Professor of Humanities
Professor of Philosophy

NOTE: Fr. Ranieri is on sabbatical this year (2018/2019)

Fr. Ranieri is interested in the relationship between the biblical tradition and political philosophy. Influenced by the thought of René Girard, he has been exploring the role of violence in philosophy and religion. In addition to Girard, Fr. Ranieri also has a special interest in the work of Bernard Lonergan. Fr. Ranieri is the author of Eric Voegelin and the Good Society (University of Missouri Press, 1995). He has published “Modernity and the Jewish Question: What Leo Strauss Learned from Nietzsche,” which can be found in Politics and Apocalypse (Michigan State University Press, 2007). His book, Disturbing Revelation: Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and the Bible, has recently been published by University of Missouri Press, 2009.

 

Dr. Dermot Quinn
Interim Director of the Honors Program
Professor of History

Before coming to Seton Hall in 1990 Dr. Quinn taught at Amherst College in Massachusetts and at Oxford University. He has degrees from Trinity College, Dublin and Oxford University. His first book, Patronage and Piety: English Roman Catholics and Politics, 1850-1900, was published in 1993 by Stanford University Press. Another book, Understanding Northern Ireland, was published by Baseline Books, also in 1993. Professor Quinn is a native of Derry, Northern Ireland. He has published articles and reviews in Recusant History, The Chesterton Review, The American Historical Review, Labor History, The Review of Politics, The Welsh History Review, and other scholarly journals. Professor Quinn’s third book, The Irish in New Jersey: Four Centuries of American Life, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2004, winning New Jersey Author award for scholarly non-fiction in 2005.

 

Dr. Jonathan Farina
Associate Director of the Honors Program
Associate Professor of English

Dr. Farina is Chair of the Seton Hall Faculty Senate and President of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association (NVSA). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on nineteenth-century British literature, the novel, and critical theory, as well as the Honors Colloquium on the Early-Modern World. Dr. Farina researches the history of fiction as a genre, as a category of knowledge, and as a repository of everyday epistemic assumptions. His first book, Everyday Words and the Character of Prose in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University Press 2017), describes how nineteenth-century novels foreground the everyday language underwriting knowledge in Victorian writing, including science by Lyell, Darwin, and Tyndall. Analyzing a set of colloquial tics—”a turn,” “as if,” “but,” “something,” “particular” and “general”—the book shows how writers appropriated the most common forms of characterization to concretize and afford human value to abstractions like the scientific method, the financial market, the social body, and fiction. “Characterization,” it shows, was a historically specific mode of description that aimed not to reproduce facts but to deviate from them—and yet still tell the truth. Farina is working on a second book that recasts Victorian literary criticism as a repository of alternative, undisciplined forms of knowledge production, rather than a mere genealogy of “new criticism.” To this end, he has been writing about awkwardness, obviousness, Russian nihilists, and induction.

 

Dr. Roseanne Mirabella
Associate Director of the Honors Program
Professor of Political Science

Dr. Mirabella teaches and conducts research on nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental organizations, public service organizations and sustainable development. Roseanne is the current President-Elect of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and as Secretary of the association and was the Vice Chair of ARNOVA’s Section on Theories, Issues and Boundaries. Dr. Mirabella is the first SHU Director of the University Core Curriculum having served nine years as co-chair of the Faculty Senate’s Core Curriculum Committee, which developed and implemented the first university-wide curriculum for undergraduates on the SHU campus. She is active in faculty governance, having been elected to three terms as Chair of the Faculty Senate and is the current Chair of the Faculty Senate’s Compensation Committee. As part of her community research and outreach initiatives on campus. Dr. Mirabella is the Executive Director of Seton Hall’s Center for Community Research and Engagement (formerly the Institute for Service Learning). Finally, she was a member of her local Board of Education, elected to four three-year terms and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Somerset Hills YMCA. Dr. Mirabella has developed the Nonprofit Management Education Website at http://academic.shu.edu/npo/

 

Dr. Frederick Booth
Associate Professor of Classics
Director. Program of Classical Studies

Dr. Booth received my A.B. and Ph.D. in Classics at Rutgers University. Before coming to Seton Hall in 1999,  he taught Classics at New York University and at Rutgers University. His research interests are Greek and Roman mythology, epic, and the Classical tradition. Most recently, he has been working on translations and texts of Slavic Neo-Latin poetry.

He serves on the Executive Committees of the American Association for Neo-Latin Studies, and of the New Jersey Classical Association, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. He wrote and administers the New Jersey Latin Test for Teacher Certification for the State Department of Education.

Since 1993 Dr. Booth has hosted a Latin and Greek reading group at his dining room table on Friday afternoons.

 

Dr. Paul Christiansen
Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Paul Christiansen is a musicologist specializing in Czech music and music in political advertisements. He has provided commentary for BBC Radio 3 on the sesquicentennial of Leoš Janáček’s birth and done an interview in Czech language with Czech Radio 2 Prague (Český Rozhlas 2 Praha) about Janáček’s Brno International Music Festival. Most recently, he was featured in an Academic Minute for NPR, in which he discussed music in 2016 presidential campaign ads.

Supported by fellowships and grants from Fulbright, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the American Musicological Society, his work has appeared in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Journal of Musicological Research, Notes, ECHO: A Music-Centered Journal, Plainsong and Medieval Music, Journal of the Society for American Music, MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, Music and Politics, Music and the Moving Image, and 19th-Century Music. In 2010, Dr. Christiansen’s translation of Alois Hába: A Catalogue of the Music and Writings, on the Czech microtonal composer, was published with Koniasch Press. In progress is a translation for Bärenreiter of a catalogue of Pavel Haas, a Czech composer who died in Auschwitz.

His book Orchestrating Public Opinion: How Music Persuades in Television Political Ads for US Presidential Campaigns, 1952-2016 was published in 2018 by Amsterdam University Press.

 

Dr. Colleen Conway
Professor of Religion

Dr. Conway specializes in the study of the Bible, with a particular interest in gender analysis of biblical texts and their interpretations Her book publications include Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story (Oxford University Press, 2017); John and the Johannine Letters (Abingdon, 2017); An Introduction to the Bible: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010); Behold the Man: Jesus and Greco-Roman Masculinity (Oxford University Press, 2008); and Men and Women in the Fourth Gospel: Gender and Johannine Characterization (Society of Biblical Literature, 1999).

 

Dr. Michael Maloney
Instructor of Religion

Michael Maloney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion. He holds a Ph.D. from Fordham University in Systematic Theology. His research interests are in the area of philosophical theology, specifically conceptions of the God-world relation as these are presented in the pagan, Christian, and Eastern traditions.  He is also interested in how different philosophical allegiances shape theological reflection. Within the Catholic intellectual tradition his allegiance, and his training, is in the tradition of Thomism, and more narrowly, in the work of those thinkers who would either be classified as representative of, or sympathetic to, the project of Transcendental Thomism, such as the theologian Karl Rahner and the philosopher Bernard Lonergan.

 

Dr. Nicholas Marshall
Assistant Professor of Religion

Dr. Marshall received his PhD in the Study of Religion from Aarhus University Denmark. His research interests revolve around late antique religious traditions, those religions prominent between the classical and medieval period in the Mediterranean region. His dissertation argues that the alleged founder of the religion of Theurgy, Iamblichus of Chalcis, was not a systematic thinker and was in fact more concerned with arguing against Porphyry of Tyre than with offering a rational and consistent account of how ritual practice works. He has also published on notions of initiation in Christian and late antique Neoplatonic sources.

He is also broadly interested in comparative religion and teaches Religions of the World in the Dept. of Religion.

 

Dr. Michael Mascio
Lecturer in Classical Studies & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Mascio took a PhD in Classics from New York University with a dissertation focused on the way Greek philosophical ideas are woven into the works of Roman poets. His principle interests within Classics include late Republican and August Latin poetry, Stoic and Epicurean philosophy, and Sophoclean drama. In addition he has a deep interest in Comparative Literature, with a particular focus on the works of Milton and Joyce. He has recently been at work investigating the way old warrior codes are absorbed within democratic ideologies within the plays of Sophocles. At Seton Hall he teaches Latin, Greek, and a wide variety of Classical Studies courses in translation, ranging from literature to history to film. He has been teaching in the Honors Program since the Fall of 2012.

 

Rev. Dr. Douglas Milewski, S.T.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
School of Theology

Fr. Milewski received his doctorate from the Augustinianum Patristic Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome. His specializations include the theology, literature and history of early Christianity, the Fathers of the Church and, in particular, Saint Augustine. He has co-authored two Seton Hall University undergraduate degree programs: the B.A. in Catholic Studies (2002) and the B.A. in Theology (2007) for the College of Arts & Sciences and Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, respectively. He has also led Seton Hall foreign study programs in Italy, Poland and Ireland. Most recently, Fr. Milewski collaborated with Dr. Raymond Capra and Dr. Ines Murzaku on The Life of Saint Neilos of Rossano, volume 47 of Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library series (2018).

 

Dr. W. King Mott
Associate Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science and Public Affairs

Dr. Mott’s academic interests gender/queer theory; western political theory; contemporary social and political movements, modern ideology. In addition to his teaching in the Department of Political Science, Dr. Mott is also a faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies Program. He holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

 

Dr. Nathaniel Knight
Associate Professor of History

Dr. Knight has been at Seton Hall since 1998, teaching teaching Russian and East European history, Western Civilization and Historical Methods. Before that he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and lived in Russia for several years. In his research on nineteenth century Russia he have written, among other things, about scientific societies, folklore collectors, ethnographic exhibitions and expeditions, Orientalism, and Russian conceptions of nationhood. Forthcoming work includes studies of Russian scholarly biography, particularism in Russian science, Russian conceptions of race and a monograph on the history of Russian ethnography.

 

Dr. Robert Pallitto
Chair, Department of Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Pallitto is a former public interest trial lawyer who litigated several precedent-setting cases in housing and welfare rights law before completing a Ph.D. in political theory at The New School for Social Research in New York. He came to Seton Hall University in 2007, and teaches courses in public law and political philosophy. Dr. Pallitto has published three books: Presidential Secrecy and the Law (Johns Hopkins U.P. 2007), Torture and State Violence in the US (Johns Hopkins U.P. 2011), and In the Shadow of the Great Charter (U. Press of Kansas 2015). He has also authored numerous scholarly articles. He is currently completing a book on technology and politics.

 

Dr. Andrew Presti
Adjunct Professor

Dr. Presti is an interdisciplinary scholar and historian of ideas. His research interests include the development and use of esotericism in philosophical narratives, the idea of collapse and decline in the metaphysics of civilization, and the reemergence of pre-Socratic and Eastern philosophies in Western consciousness. He has also worked extensively on the metaphysics of Oswald Spengler and his Heraclitean theory of civilizational decline. He is an alumnus of Seton Hall (BA, History 2011 & MA, History, 2012) and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and worked also at Volda University College in Norway.

 

Dr. Donovan Sherman
Associate Professor
Department of English

Dr. Sherman’s research focuses primarily on Shakespeare and dramatic literature, with additional work in various fields of critical theory (psychoanalysis, political theology, ordinary language philosophy) and performance studies. His first book, Second Death: Theatricalities of the Soul in Shakespeare’s Drama, examines the figure of the soul in early modern England. He is currently working on a future project, The Philosopher’s Toothache, that examines the revival of Stoicism in the Renaissance as an embodied, rather than simply theorized, philosophy.

Dr. Sherman is also a co-author, with Robert Cohen, of the 11th edition of the textbook Theatre, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

 

Dr. Youssef Yacoubi
Assistant Professor & Director, Arabic Studies Program
Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Yacoubi is a comparatist and critical theorist interested in the literary, theological and cultural intersections between Mediterranean, Islamic, Arab, British and North American traditions of thought and critique. He has taught at the Ohio State University as an assistant professor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and comparative studies where he was a Denman Undergraduate Research Forum Judge, as Faculty Representative/Examiner, College of Arts and Humanities, and as an advisor for the Undergraduate Fulbright Campus Committee. He has also taught Arabic and Comparative Literature at Bard College and at Hofstra University where he directed the Arabic, and the study abroad programs. He taught in Bard’s First Year Seminar Program and at the Bard College Prison Initiative.

His teaching interests cover modern and classical Arabic literatures, Arab-American literature, Middle Eastern/ North African intellectual and political history, Francophone/British/Anglophone modern literatures, postcolonial criticism and theory, and philosophy of religion.

Dr. Yacoubi is the author of The Play of Reasons: the Sacred and the Profane in Salman Rushdie’s Fiction, (Peter Lang, 2012) which argues that Salman Rushdie’s eclectic and hybridized work can be situated within an Islamic genealogy of theological and literary traditions. He has published articles on the works of Salman Rushdie, Taha Hussayn, Edward Said, Iqbal Ahmad and Mohammed Arkoun. His research focuses on the interface between critical theories and Islamic thought; the relationship between literature and theology, faith and reason, and questions of democratization through liberal arts within the contexts of the Arab and Islamic worlds. He is on the editorial board of Ikhtilaf: the Journal of Critical Humanities and Social Studies, (Mohammad 1st University, Oujda, Morocco) and is the editor of The Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World Journal (SCTIW Review).