Faculty Members in Residence

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Current Faculty

Spring 2019


Laura Benedetti holds the Laura and Gaetano De Sole Professorship of Contemporary Italian Culture at Georgetown University, where she served as Department Chair and Director of the Italian Summer Program. Her articles span seven hundred years, from Boccaccio to Elena Ferrante. She is also the author of several volumes, including La sconfitta di Diana. Un percorso per la Gerusalemme liberata, The Tigress in the Snow: Motherhood and Literature in 20th-Century Italy, the edition and English translation of Lucrezia Marinella’s Exhortations to Women and to Others If They Please, and the novels Un paese di carta and Secondo piano. She was Guest of Honor at the annual meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies (2016), as well as the recipient of the Flaiano International Prize for Italian Studies (2008).

Upcoming Faculty

Fall 2019


Kathryn Temple is an associate professor of English and former chair of the English Department. She studies the history of emotion, particularly the relationship between institutional change and emotions in legal contexts. She has written about anger, desire, sadness, happiness, and embarrassment, among other emotions. Her most recent book, Loving Justice: Legal Emotions in William Blackstone’s England (forthcoming 2019, NYU Press), examines how emotions undergird our understanding of Anglo-American legal institutions. The recipient of NEH, ACLS, Mellon and ARC fellowships, she has developed a number of initiatives oriented towards reinventing the humanities. 

Spring 2020


Past Faculty

Fall 2018


Chester Gillis, Professor in the Department of Theology, served as Dean of Georgetown College from 2008-2017. Dr. Gillis also served as chair of the Department of Theology from 2001 to 2006, core faculty of the Liberal Studies Program from 1998 to 2008, and director of the Doctorate of Liberal Studies Program from 2006 to 2008. He is an expert on the U.S. Catholic Church, the history of Catholicism, and the papacy, including Pope Benedict XVI. His other areas of expertise include interfaith dialogue and religious pluralism. He is the author of Roman Catholicism in America, Pluralism: A New Paradigm for Theology, A Question of Final Belief, Catholic Faith in America, and he is the editor of The Political Papacy.

Spring 2018


Hans Noel is an associate professor in the Department of Government. His research is on political coalitions, political parties and ideology. He is the author of Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America, and a co-author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. He is interested in the way that a focus on competing policy demands helps explain political parties, coalition building and coordination. Noel blogs on political parties and related issues at Mischiefs of Faction.

Noel teaches on parties, elections, political history and political methodology.

Noel was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 2008 to 2010. Before coming to Georgetown, Noel was a fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from UCLA. From 1994 to 1997, Noel worked for a daily newspaper in Virginia. He is the co-director/co-producer of the award-winning feature film “The Rest of Your Life.”

Fall 2017


Michael J. Collins is Professor in the Department of English. He is an expert on Shakespeare; British theatre since 1950; Anglo-Welsh poetry. Articles on Shakespeare (focus on performance and pedagogy), Anglo-Welsh poetry, and American literature. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from New York University and his B.A. from Fordham College. His written publications include: Editor, Shakespeare’s Sweet Thunder: Essays on the Early Comedies (Delaware, 1997).

Spring 2017


Mark Kauppi has been an associate adjunct professor with the School of Foreign Service since 2000. He has taught and published on a wide range of topics  to include the relevancy of Thucydides and Machiavelli to contemporary national security issues, international relations theory, and the role of intelligence in the policymaking process. He is co-author of The Global Philosophers: World Politics in Western Thought (Lexington, 1992),  International Relations Theory (Pearson, 5th ed., 2011), and International Relations and World Politics: Security, Economy, Identity (Pearson, 5th ed., 2012).

Fall 2016


Francesco Ciabattoni is a specialist in medieval Italian literature. He received his Laurea in Lettere from the Università degli Studi di Torino and his PhD in Italian Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr Ciabattoni’s research focus lies on Dante and the middle ages, the twentieth century short story and the interplay of music and literature. He has published articles on Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, a book on the role of music in the Comedy (Dante’s Journey to Polyphony, University of Toronto Press, 2010) and edited volumes on Primo Levi and Italian medieval literature. He has also published poems on Gradiva and a collection of lyrics titled Paradosso terrestre (Rome: Il filo 2008).

Spring 2016


Gianni Cicali is a specialist in History of Italian Theater. He holds an Italian “laurea,” (B.A.) and doctoral degrees from both Italy (Università di Firenze) and Canada (University of Toronto). His interests focus on Italian theater from the 15th to the 20th century; Italian Opera and librettists; history of Italian actors, actresses and singers; theater through archive documents; politics and Italian drama; the relations between the performing and the fine arts; the commedia dell’Arte; 18th-century Neapolitan theater; Pietro Trinchera (Naples 1702-1755); 15th and 18th-century religious theater; cinema.  Dr. Cicali created and offered at Georgetown several new courses in Italian. He explores, with his students, fundamental topics of Italian theater and Italian culture and society, such as the relations between theater, politics, arts and religion; or the Italian ‘invention’ and international success of the Opera and the multifaceted economic, performing and artistic aspects of that important phenomenon. He also designed and teaches courses on sexuality, politics and madness in Italian literature, theater and cinema, and he regularly gives courses on Advanced Italian language and culture.

Fall 2015


Susan Terrio is Professor of Anthropology and French Studies at Georgetown University. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of French. She is the inaugural chair of the Anthropology Department following its separation from the Department of Sociology in the fall of 2008. She holds a dual doctorate from the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for French Studies at New York University and spent a year of doctoral study at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. She chaired the interdisciplinary Culture and Politics major within the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown for four years before accepting a residential fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University in 2005-2006. Her areas of expertise include the cultural anthropology of contemporary France and Western Europe and the social and cultural history of France since the revolution of 1789. Specific interests center on social class and educational systems, craft and commoditization, food and foodways, migration and the law, national identities and ideologies, youth culture and conflict, juvenile delinquency and its treatment within the French and US systems of juvenile justice.

Spring 2015


Terrence Reynolds is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Theology Department at Georgetown University. He was born in New York City and received degrees from Queens College (B.A.), Concordia Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Ph.D. from Brown University. Before coming to Georgetown in 1991, he taught at Brown, Connecticut College, and the United States Coast Guard Academy. His research interests focused initially on the thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but are now concentrated on the meaning, truth, and justification of moral claims, as well as the ways in which faith-based convictions can play a role in the public square.

In addition to serving as Chair of the Main Campus Executive Faculty (2001-2005 and 2009- present), Reynolds has been the Chair of the Department of Theology since 2006, the Chair of the Core Faculty of the Liberal Studies Program (2002-present), and the Director of Doctoral Studies in the Liberal Studies Program. He was also the grateful recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in the Liberal Studies Program, the College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Fund for American Studies Professor of the Year Award, and the national Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Annual Faculty Award.

Dr. Reynolds’s teaching interests lie in the areas of ethical theory and moral issues, the intersections between psychology and religious faith, Enlightenment philosophy and theology, and the thought of Søren Kierkegaard.