Honors Program


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You will learn under the tutelage of some of the University's most respected faculty. The faculty of the program are chosen for their expertise in a wide variety of areas and are broadly published in their respective fields. The program encourages participation of distinguished guest speakers from other universities as well. 


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 Ren 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. Marian Glenn

Professor of Biological Sciences


Dr. Glenn teaches courses in the Department of Biological Sciences: Ecology, Microbial Ecology, and General Biology, and in the Humanities Honors Program. She is also involved in the University Core Curriculum and the Environmental Studies program. Her current research activities are in integrative science and bridging the gap between the sciences and humanities. She is active in civic environmental education.


Dr. Michael Maloney

Instructor of Religion


Dr. Michael Mascio

Assistant Professor of Classics


Dr. Ines Angeli Murzaku

Professor of Religion

 Chair, Catholic Studies Department

Dr. Murzaku specializes in Ecclesiastical History, especially Byzantine and Catholic Church History. At Seton Hall University she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Church History and Theology; Mediterranean Christianity; Eastern Christianity and Ecumenism. Since 2004, she has been a visiting professor at the University of Bologna Interdisciplinary Master in East European Research and Studies teaching in the areas of Ecumenism; Inter-religious Dialogue; and Religion and Politics in post-Communist Eastern Europe.

Her first book, Catholicism, Culture and Conversion: The History of the Jesuits in Albania (1841-1946), is published by Orientalia Christiana Analecta in 2006. Her second book Quo Vadis Eastern Europe? Religion, State and Society after Communism, is forthcoming by the University of Bologna, Longo Editore in November 2008. The volume analyzes the radically changed religious situation in the former communist countries as well as explores the future religious co-existence in the area. She is currently working on a monograph on the history of the Greek Abbey of of St. Nilo in Grottaferrata entitled Returning Home to Rome. The Monks of Grottaferrata and the Christian East, forthcoming by the prestigious monastic serial ANAΛEKTA KPYΠTOΦEPPHΣ in 2009.

 She has published internationally; her articles have appeared in The Journal of Eastern Christian Studies (Belgium); Balkanistica (U.S.A.); Orientalia Christiana Periodica (Italy); Analysis of Current Events (U.S.A.); East European Quarterly (U.S.A.); Studi sullOriente Cristiano (Italy); Diakonia, Journal of Eastern Christian Studies (U.S.A.); Wiener Bltter zur Friedensforschung (Austria); and Pajtimi (Albania).

 Her most recent research has been generously supported by a three-year (2009-2011) prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The grant will fund Dr. Murzaku's research on the relations between Eastern and Western Churches as well as Spiritual Ecumenism at the kumenisches Institut, School of Theology at the University of Mnster, Germany; a three-year (2009-2011) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) collaborative grant will support Dr. Murzaku's research on church-state relations in the enlarged European Union; and a (2006-2007) Fulbright Senior Research Award in Italy supported Dr. Murzaku's archival research in southern Italy, Calabria.

 Dr. Murzaku is the vice-president of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) and a board member of Christians Associated for Relationships with Eastern Europe (CAREE). She is also on the editorial advisory boards of the Bolletino della Badia Greca di Grottaferrata and Religion in Eastern Europe scholarly journals.


Dr. Cherubim Quizon

Associate Professor of Anthropology 

Dr. Quizon looks at how ideas of nation, ethnicity and the self relate to symbols and their transformation whether approached as art, popular imagery, or material culture. Her expertise on textiles and the Bagobo of the Philippines combines multi-site fieldwork with a historical evaluation of early 20th century American museum collections. She has examined the subaltern voice of people on anthropological display at World's Fairs (Philippine Studies 2004), analyzed tropes of indigenism and dictatorship in 20th century painting (Asian Studies Review 2005), and explored the use of ethnography for within-community psychological research (Journal of Counseling Psychology 2005). Her recent works include an ethnographic account of Bagobo cognitive categories of �modern� and �traditional� clothing that do not coincide with the perspective of outsiders (Ethnology 2007), an overview of loom and fiber technology in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific (Paths of Origins, edited by P. Benitez-Johannot, ArtPost Asia 2008), and an article on Southern Philippine textiles in the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (forthcoming Berg 2010). Her current research looks into how the Bagobo move in and out of transnational social spaces, including displays of people in the 21st century, while continuing her engagement with Mindanao ikat textiles in early Southeast Asian culture history.


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. Iuliana Viezure

 Instructor of Religion




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