Professional Academic Experience and Current Appointments Highlights
Professor, Department of Religion, Seton Hall University. 1999-Present.
Director, Program of Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University, 2017-Present.
Founding Chair, Department of Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University. 2012-2016.
Director, Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute, Seton Hall University. 2011-2012.
United Nations, Christians Associated for Relationship with Eastern Europe Association (CAREE) representative. 2009-2014.
Director, Women and Gender Studies Program, Seton Hall University. 2009-2011.
Vice-President, Association for the Study of Nationalities, Harriman Institute, Columbia University. 2007-2012.
Adjunct Professor of Church History, Seton Hall University, Graduate School of Theology. 2002-2012.
Visiting Professor and Founding International Faculty, Interdisciplinary Master in East European Research and Studies (MIREES), Istituto per l'Europa Centro Orientale e Balkanica, Università di Bologna, Italy. 2004-2011.
Visiting Professor, Università della Calabria, Italy. 2006-2007.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Religious Studies Department, Saint John Fisher College. 1996-1999.
Vatican Radio International Programs, Vatican City. 1992-1994.
Assistant Professor, Academy of Arts, Tirana, Albania. 1986-1989.
Ph.D. (Scientiis Ecclesiasticis Orientalibus Doctorate), Pontifical Oriental Institute, Summa cum laude
M.A. (Scientiis Ecclesiasticis Orientalibus Licentiate), Pontifical Oriental Institute, Summa cum laude
M.A., University of Calabria, Foreign Languages and Literatures
B.A., University of Tirana, History and Philology
Post-Graduate Courses, University of Bologna
Religion in Post-Communist Europe – Medieval and Modern
Ecumenical, Inter-religious, and Inter-faith Dialogue and Stability in Central East Europe
Graduate Courses, Immaculate Conception Graduate School of Theology, Seton Hall University
History of Eastern Christianity
Undergraduate Courses, Seton Hall University
Honor's Program Courses, Seton Hall University
Medieval World Civilizations
Contemporary World Civilizations
Medieval Christian Thought
Monasticism: East and West
Catholic and Ecumenical (online and traditional)
Introduction to Ecumenism
Eastern Christianity (online and traditional)
Introduction to Catholic Theology/Vision (online and traditional)
Christian Belief and Thought (online and traditional)
Great Women in Christianity, East and West (online and traditional)
Peer Reviewed Articles
"The Albanian Eastern Catholic Church," in The Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, Volume 67, 3-4, 2015
"The Role of Religion in Peace Building," in Dialogue and Alliance, A Journal of the Universal Peace Federation, Vol. 27, No. 2, Autumn 2013.
"Religious Discord among Post Communist Albanians. The Invented Tradition of Religious Tolerance versus Historical Reality," Religioni e Società, XXVI/ 69, (Gennaio - Aprile 2011).
"The Church's Renewed Evangelizing Mission," PECOB's Papers Series University of Bologna, 2/28, August 2010, on-line at: http://www.iecob.net/main/pecobs-papers-series/164-the-churchs-renewed-evangelizing-mission
"Antiseptic Truth Hurts but Cures: Facing the Reality of Albania's Religious Tolerance," Balkanistica 22, 2009.
"Interne religiöse Spannungen," in G2W Ökumenisches Forum für Glaube, Religion und Gessellschaft in Ost und West, 10/2008.
"Openness and Candor Promote Peace and Amity," in Milevska-Kanchesca, Elizabeta, Ohrid Messages For Peace and Mutual Life, (Macedonia: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, 2008). (the article has been translated in five languages
including French, German, Macedonian, Italian, and Albanian).
"Inter-Church and Inter-Religious Tensions in Post Communist Eastern Europe: The Case of Albania," in Religion in Eastern Europe, XXVIII/1, February 2008.
"Monsignor Scarpelli, Missionario Arberesh," in Besa-Fede, Luglio, 2007.
"Rome's Last Efforts towards the Union of Orthodox Albanians," The Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, 58/1-2, 2006.
"The Road to Church Union for Orthodox Albanians," The Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, 55/3-4, 2003.
"The Religious Policies of King Zog I," in Orientalia Christiana Periodica, 69, 2003.
Co-authored with Dervishi, Zyhdi, "Albanian’s First Post Communist Decade. Values in Transition: Traditional or Liberal?" in East European Quarterly, XXXVII/2, June 2003.
"King Zog I and the Suppression of Private Education" in Studi sull' Oriente Cristiano, 7, 2003.
"The Jesuit Mission in Albania," in Diakonia, XXXV/2, 2002.
Co-authored with Dervishi, Zyhdi, "Values in Transition: The Divorce Dilemma among Albanian Women," in Analysis of Current Events, 14/2, May 2002.
Co-authored with Murzaku, Thoma, "Toleranca dhe Mirëkuptimi Ndërfetar në Shqipëri," in Pajtimi, 4, 2000.
Co-authored with Murzaku, Thoma, "The Treaty of San Stefano and its Impact on the Balkans," in Wiener Blätter zur Friedensforschung, 103, Juni, 2, 2000.
"The Beginning of the Jesuit Albanian Mission," in Diakonia, 30/2-3, 1997.
Chapters in Books
"Josif Papamihali," in Bremer, Thomas and Haneke, Burkhard, Zeugen Fur Gott. Glauben in kommunistischer Zeit. Band II, Aschendorff Verlag, Munster 2015.
"Heu Quid Agant in Albania?: Travelers’, SOE Agents’ and Catholic Missionaries’ Bitter and Meager Victories," in Pettifer, James, Essays in Honour of Sir Reginald Hibbert, (Cornwall: Elbow Publishing, 2013).
"Mussolini’s Albania. The Failed Experiment to Equipoise Albania’s Religions," in Foschungsstand und Zukunfts perspektiven der Albanologie, Albanische Forschungen, (Wiesbaden: Verlag Harrassowitz, 2012).
"Albanian Eastern Catholic Church," in Leustean, Lucian N., and O'Mahony, Anthony (co-ed), Eastern Catholic Christianity in Contemporary Europe, Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series (New York and Oxford: Routledge c/o Taylor &
Francis, Inc, December 2012).
"Introduction: Ἐμοὶ γὰρ τὸ ζῆν Χριστὸς. Eastern Monasticism’s Quest for Holiness" in Murzaku, Ines A., Monastic Tradition in Eastern Christianity and the Outside World: A Call to Dialogue, Eastern Christian Studies Series, (Leuven: Peeters’
Press, University of Leuven, 2013).
"Orientalis Fulgidissima Gemma in Romani Pontificis Tiara Inserta – The Monastery of the Mother of God of Grottaferrata’s Invitation to East-West Unity" in Murzaku, Ines A., Monastic Tradition in Eastern Christianity and the Outside World:
A Call to Dialogue, Eastern Christian Studies Series, (Leuven: Peeters’ Press, University of Leuven, 2013).
"The Byzantine Catholic Church of Albania," Oriente Cattolico, Quinta Edizione, (Citta del Vaticano: Edizione, Sacra Congregazione per le Chiese Orientali, 2013).
"The Vocation I Choose to Follow," Vocations, Vol. 1, No. 1, Summer 2010, pp. 61-67.
"Tutto a Tutti. La Nuova Missione di Evangelizzazione della Chiesa," in Bianchini, Stefano, Chiesa Cattolica e Societa Sotterranea ai Tempi del Comunismo. Il Fondo Ricci e le sue Fonti per una Storia delle Religioni in Europa Orientale,
University of Bologna Press, 2009.
"Foreword" in Murzaku, Angeli Ines, Quo Vadis Eastern Europe? Religion and Civil Society after the Fall of Communism, A Series of Balkan and East-European Studies 30, (Ravenna: University of Bologna, Longo Editore, 2009).
"The Changing Face of Europe. Prospective and Problems on the Path for a United Europe: A New Europa?" in Murzaku, Angeli Ines, Quo Vadis Eastern Europe? Religion and Civil Society after the Fall of Communism, A Series of Balkan and East-European
Studies 30, (Ravenna: University of Bologna, Longo Editore, 2009).
"Between East and West: The Basilian Monks of Grottaferrata in Albania," in Pettifer, James, and Nazarko, Mentor, eds., Strengthening Religious Tolerance for a Secure Civil Society in Albania and the Southern Balkans, NATO Science for
Peace and Security Series, Vol. 27, (Amsterdam and Lansdale PA: IOS Press, 2007).
Grants, Fellowships and Awards
Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York City (2016)
New Jersey Chinese Cultural Studies Foundation (2016)
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, University of Münster, Ökumenisches Institut, Department of Catholic Theology, University of Münster, Germany, (extension 2011-2012)
Dumbarton Oaks Harvard University Translation grant, 2012.
Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster (1 February 2012 - 31 January 2013)
Nominated Fulbright Senior Specialist University of Calabria Italy. (November-December 2012).
Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian government collaborative, research grant with Prof. Lavinia Stan (St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia Canada), and Prof. Lucian Turcescu, (Concordia University,
Montreal, Canada). Project: “Church-State Relations in the Enlarged European Union,” (2009-2011).
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, University of Münster, Ökumenisches Institut, Department of Catholic Theology, University of Münster, Germany (2009-2011).
College of Arts and Sciences Online Course Development Grant, Seton Hall University, Summer (2010).
Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Ljubjana, Slovenia (2009-2010) (declined)
Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award - Refereed Tier Journal Publication (2009).
Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Institute Research Associate Travel Grant (2009).
Signature III - Core Curriculum Course Development Grant (2008-09).
Arts and Sciences Dean Travel Award (2008).
Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award – Book Publication Prize (2007).
Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award – Article Top Tier Journal Publication Prize (2007).
Fulbright Senior Research Award, Italy (2006-2007).
University Research Council Award, Seton Hall University, Summer (2006).
Curricular Development in Service Learning, Seton Hall University, Fall (2006).
Curricular Development in Oral Communication Infusion, Seton Hall University (2005-2006).
College of Arts and Sciences Recognition of Accomplishments, presented by the Dean, April 13, 2005.
Curricular Development in Service Learning, Seton Hall University Fall (2004).
University Research Council Award, Seton Hall University, Summer (2004).
Curriculum Development Initiative-5 Mentor, Writing Intensive Courses, an Interdisciplinary Approach, Seton Hall University, (2003-2004).
Faculty Innovation Grants, Seton Hall University, Summer (2003).
Curriculum Development Initiative-5 Participant, Writing Intensive Courses, an Interdisciplinary Approach, Seton Hall University, (2002-2003).
Curriculum Development Initiative-3, Curricular Development in Russian and East European Studies, Seton Hall University, (2002).
Academician, of Accademia Angelica-Costantiniana di Lettere, Arti e Scienze, for contribution in "the scientific study of Christian Orient and Byzantium," presented by Princess Stefania Angelo-Comneno of Tessaglia, Rome, November 2002.
Human Relations Citation Award, for "leadership in promoting human relations and making Seton Hall University a better place to study, work and live." (2002)
Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, Summer Grants, Thessaloniki, Greece (2001).
University Teaching Fellows Program Grant, Seton Hall University (2000-2001).
Centro Studi ed Incontri Interculturali Ezio Aletti – Pontifical Oriental Institute, Pontifical Gregorian University, Full Scholarship for Doctoral Studies, Rome, Italy (1991-1995)