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

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. Peter G. Ahr
Associate Director of the University Honors Program
Associate Professor of Religion

Let me tell you a little about myself. I am an alumnus of Seton Hall (class of 1962), and I have been a member of the faculty of the Department of Religion since 1964. I served as Dean of Freshman Studies at the University from 1987 to 1996, acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1997, interim provost of the University in 1997-98, and am now back in full-time teaching, and very much involved in the University’s efforts in developing information technology and in developing and implementing our new Core Curriculum.

My roots at Seton Hall go very deep: my father was an alumnus, and so were all my uncles. I have been involved in all sorts of activities at Seton Hall over the years. Beyond teaching a number of courses in Religious Studies, I have taught the IDIS 1501 Peoples and Cultures of America course, several versions of Freshman Seminars, and both the Classical Cultures and Medieval Cultures colloquia in the Honors Program. I have been adviser to several student organizations over the years; at present I am faculty adviser to the New Jersey Phi Beta chapter of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity (since 1973), and to FLASH, the Filipino student organization.

Dr. Dermot Quinn
Associate Director, Honors Program
Professor of History

Before coming to Seton Hall in 1990 he 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. Frederick J. Booth
Associate Professor of Classics
Director. Program of Classical Studies

I received my A.B. and Ph.D. in Classics at Rutgers University. Before I came to Seton Hall in 1999, I taught Classics at New York University and at Rutgers University. My research interests are Greek and Roman mythology, epic, and the Classical tradition. I am now working on translations and texts of Slavic Neo-Latin poetry.

I serve 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. I wrote and administer the New Jersey Latin Test for Teacher Certification for the State Department of Education.

Since 1993 I have hosted a Latin and Greek reading group at my dining room table on Friday afternoons.

Dr. Raymond Capra
Assistant Professor of Classics

I began teaching in the Department of Classical Studies in 2006 replacing Fr. Eugene Cotter who had been at Seton Hall University since 1965. I teach all levels of ancient Greek, and also a full range of Classical Studies courses in translation.

My research centers on Epic and Lyric poetry of the ancient Hellenic world, in particular the western poets Stesichorus and Ibycus and their reevaluation of the Homeric tradition. I am particularly interested in the role of the poet as an agent in the formation of cultural identity from Homer to Dante.

Dr. Colleen Conway
Professor of Religion

Colleen Conway earned her PhD in New Testament Studies from Emory University in Atlanta. Her research interests have focused on the construction of gender in the the New Testament texts, both from a literary perspective and from a socio-historical perspective. Her first book, Men and Women in the Fourth Gospel: Gender and Johannine Characterization (Scholars Press, 1999) explored the role of the female characters in the narrative of the Gospel of John. Her recent book, Behold the Man: Jesus and Greco-Roman Masculinity (Oxford Press, 2008), examines the way the New Testament authors responded to cultural ideals about manliness in their presentations of Jesus. Dr. Conway has also published several articles on the Gospel of John dealing with both literary and historical questions in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Biblical Interpretation, and other volumes. She is currently co-authoring a college textbook titled Introduction to the Bible: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts, to be published with Wiley Blackwell Press.

Dr. George Faithful
University Core Fellow

George Faithful was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and studied in Ohio, North Carolina, France, and Germany, before receiving his Ph.D. in historical theology from Saint Louis University in 2012. He has taught at Seton Hall in the Department of the Core since Fall 2011. He and his wife live with their beagle-shepherd mix in Union City.

Dr. Faithful’s research interests are wide-ranging. He has adapted his dissertation into the forthcoming book Mothering the Fatherland: A Protestant Sisterhood Repents for the Holocaust (Oxford University Press). Some of his published articles include a study of the interrelationship between Cotton Mather’s prayer life and scientific research (Theology and Science), and a comparative analysis of blood and eroticism the 17th-century German and 19th-century English hymn translations of the 13th-century Latin Passion poem “Membra Jesu Nostri” (Church History). He finds the broad scope and interdisciplinary nature of the Honors Program especially compelling.

Dr. Jonathan Farina
Assistant Professor of English

Dr.  Martha Easton
Assistant Professor of Communication and the Arts

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. Michael Mascio
Assistant Professor of Classics

Dr. Robert Pallitto
Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Peter Savastano
Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. Savastano’s research and writing focus on the intersection/clash of religion and sexuality; vernacular Christianity (or “folk” Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy) and the devotional and ritual practices associated with it; the cult of the Virgin Mary and the saints in both Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Dr. Savastano also studies Christian monasticism both in late antiquity and its 21st century context; contemplative life, practice and pedagogy and the negative effects of globalization and information technology on the human capacity of wonder and awe; the lives and works of Thomas Merton, Bede Griffiths, and Henri Le Saux — Roman Catholic mystics, social reformers and pioneers of inter-religious theology, dialogue and practice; and the relationship between altered states of consciousness, ritual, healing and religion in western and eastern religious traditions and in Haitian Vodou and Cuban Santeria.

Dr. Judith Chelius Stark
Associate Director of the Honors Program
Professor of Philosophy

I have been teaching at Seton Hall University since 1980 after receiving my Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in New York City. My scholarly interests include the philosophy of St. Augustine, medieval thought, the works of Hannah Arendt and feminist theories. In 1995 I co-authored Hannah Arendt: Love and Saint Augustine (with Joanna V. Scott) published by the University of Chicago Press.

I am a full professor in the Philosophy Department. For nine years I was director of the Honors Program, overseeing its expansion to 130 students from Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Human Services and the new School of Diplomacy and International Relations. I am also very much involved in the Women’s Studies Program and the Environmental Studies Program at Seton Hall. In my spare time, I do sea kayaking and am an avid amateur birder.

Dr. Todd Stockdale
University Core Fellow

Dr. Edgar Valdez
University Core Fellow

Dr. Iuliana Viezure
Instructor of Religion