Professor Richard Bonanno
Richard Bonanno is Associate Professor of Italian and the Italian Studies program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures at Assumption College, which offers both a major and minor in Italian Studies. He holds a PhD in Italian from Rutgers University, where taught Italian and served as fellow in Rutgers University's Summer Study in Urbino. He has also participated as instructor of Italian in the Mediterranean Studies Association's 2011 summer program in Nocciano and Messina.
Professor Bonanno is affiliated with a number of professional organizations and has published essays on topics such as Renaissance lyric poetry and Italian-American folklore. He maintains an active research agenda through participation in national and international conferences, delivering scholarly papers on topics including early modern Italian literature, foreign language pedagogy, and Italian-American folklore and culture.
Professor Daria Borghese
Professor Borghese has taught in Italy and in the U.S.A. courses that range from Italian Renaissance to Baroque Art. Her research focuses on the role of patrons in art; her latest publications include studies on the Casina di Pio IV in the Vatican, Palazzo Colonna and Palazzo Borromeo, all landmarks of artistic patronage in Rome. She is also involved with designing and editing an advanced, interactive textbook on Art in Rome. Professor Borghese’s continuing exploration of the city nourishes her research and her teaching, that is conducted mostly on-site to give students the opportunity to experience and discover world famous masterpieces. She is also often interviewed for programs and documentaries about art in Rome. She holds a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy and M.A. in History of Medioeval and Modern Art from the University of Rome La Sapienza.
Professor A.J. Boyd
Andrew ‘A. J.’ Boyd, originally from the Seattle area, has lived in Rome since 2009, when he was granted a Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum). Currently working on a doctorate of sacred theology in ecumenism and dialogue, A. J. teaches theology at Assumption College and ecumenism and interreligious dialogue for seminarians at the Pontifical Beda College. He serves as graduate assistant at the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue, and lives and works with The Catholic University of America Rome program. He is a recent alumnus of the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas.
Before moving to Rome, he spent seven years in pastoral ministry for the Archdiocese of Seattle. His previous studies included philosophy, theology, and pastoral leadership at the University of Notre Dame, The Catholic University of America, and Seattle University. His area of research includes ecclesiological issues in ecumenism, and is particularly interested in the diaconate and other less well-understood forms of ministry.
Susan Dawson Vásquez
Susan Dawson Vásquez has been living in Rome for the past 15 years. She has a license in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University and has been teaching for various American universities as well as the Pontifical Beda College. Her main area of philosophical interest is language, how it shapes our shared reality, which is an excellent touchstone for the Ethics course she teaches for Assumption College's Rome Program.