Rome Faculty

Assumption College's Rome Campus is staffed by Assumption College faculty members versed in Italian history and culture and eager to share their knowledge with students. You are invited to meet the faculty for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.

2015-2016 Academic Year

Spring 2015

Professor Christian Göbel, Rome Program Director 2015-2016

Program Director (2015-2017) Christian Göbel, Ph.D. Professor Göbel is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Assumption College, where he has taught since 2008. Professor Göbel studied in Paderborn and Munich, Germany; Rome, Italy; Cambridge, United Kingdom; and Leiden, Netherlands; and holds PH.Ds. in philosophy and theology. Prior to joining the faculty at Assumption Professor Göbel lived in Italy for about 10 years and taught at the Pontifical Lateran University and the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. He has held visiting positions in Boston; Sonada, India; Eichstaett, Germany; and Rome. Professor Göbel has published six books and over 60 articles. Fluent in four languages, Professor Göbel also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the German Army Reserve and is an avid mountain climber.

Professor Heidi Gearhart

Faculty in residence (Spring 2016) Heidi Gearhart, Ph.D. Heidi holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on Romanesque art, ars sacra and manuscripts, medieval art theory and the history of artists. Her book, Crafting an Ideal: Theory and Practice in Medieval Art is currently under review by Penn State University Press and she has published articles in Studies in Iconography (Index of Christian Art, Princeton University) and the Courtauld Institute’s Illuminations series. She has held fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Kress Foundation, and the Belgian American Educational Foundation. 

Professor Paul Ady

Professor Ady is Associate Professor in English at Assumption College, holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Toronto, has published scholarly articles in his specialty, the literary works of James Joyce, and more recently in the field of peace studies.  Currently he is writing a book on peace building and literature.  A former chair of the English department and former co-administrator in the Foundations in Florence program, he also directs the peace and conflict studies program at Assumption, holds a black belt in kajukenbo martial arts and enjoys playing jazz saxophone.

2017-2019 Rome Campus Faculty

Patrick Corrigan

Program Director (2017-2018) Patrick Corrigan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Assumption’s Depart­ment of Philosophy. He has taught at Assumption since 1989; he has also served as Chair of the Depart­ments of Philosophy and of Art, Music and Theatre, and as Director of Assumption’s Foundations of Western Civilization Program. His M.A. is from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. is from the Catholic University of America. Prof. Corrigan’s research interests include the accounts of what it is to live a full human life according to Aristotle and of David Hume, and questions about the compatibility of Christianity and philosophy or of a life of faith and a life of rational inquiry.  His latest essays include, “Hume and Aristotle on Generosity,” “The Deaths of Plato’s Socrates and Matthew’s Jesus” and “The Education of a Good Woman: Lucrezia’s Rinascita in Machiavelli’s Mandragola.” During his years as Director of the Foundations Program, Prof. Corrigan accompanied a number of groups of students on trips to Florence, a beloved city to which he returns whenever he can.

Becky DiBiasio

Becky DiBiasio, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English at Assumption College and a former Chair of the English Department who teaches courses in nineteenth century British literature, mass media, and film.  She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Purdue University, and studied at Vanderbilt University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the Université de Grenoble. She has co-led six student trips to England and has lectured at Oxford University.  Her research and publications are focused on Gothic literature, the evolution of the ghost story,  and Gothic influences on silent film and illustration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has also published articles on the use of art and film in English courses. She is completing an anthology of late-Victorian ghost stories. 

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.

Prof. Jeremy Geddert

Jeremy Geddert is Assistant Professor of Political Science.  He holds a Ph.D from the Catholic University of America (2012).  He teaches international relations and comparative politics, and also teaches in the Foundations of Western Civilization program.  He has published on just war theory and on theories of international justice.  He is currently working on a book on the early modern natural rights theory of Hugo Grotius, outlining a theory of human rights that includes embedded responsibilities.  Before coming to Assumption, he worked in Canadian government, taught in frontier Pakistan, and travelled widely in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.


Prior Rome Campus Faculty 

Professor Richard Bonanno, Rome Program Director 2013-2014

Richard Bonanno is Assistant Professor of Italian and head of Italian Studies at Assumption College. As founding Program Director and faculty-in-residence, he oversaw the launch of the Rome Campus and now serves as Rome Campus Coordinator. His research interests include early modern Italian literature and culture, film production and criticism, Italian-American folklore and culture, and second-language acquisition.

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.

Professor Joseph Foley

Joseph T. Foley co-founded the business studies program at Assumption and is the long-time chair. The business program offers majors in accounting, management, marketing, international business and organizational communication as well as five related minors. He also directed the MBA program for three terms. His undergraduate courses include Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Personal Financial Management, Principles of Accounting and Intermediate Accounting.

Professor Foley's scholarship focuses on personal finance, accounting theory and international financial reporting standards. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross, an MS and an MBA from the Northeastern Graduate School of Professional Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Professor Mary Foley

Mary Foley is a lecturer in the Assumption College Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. She holds a bachelor's degree and an MA in Special Education from Assumption, and has extensive experience as a special education teacher.

Professor Foley was the lead special education teacher for eleven years at the Mercy Centre for Developmental Disabilities in Worcester. For the past two years, she has been a special education mathematics teacher and the special education natural science liaison at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough, MA. She regularly teaches the Introduction to Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies course at Assumption.

Professor Elisabeth Howe

Elisabeth Howe is an Emerita Professor from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures at Assumption College, where she taught French and Comparative Literature for 22 years. She holds a BA in French from University College, London; a degree in Russian from the Université de Grenoble, France; and a PhD in French from Harvard University.

Professor Howe has published three books, two on French or English poetry and one, entitled Close Reading, a textbook for Introduction to Literature classes. She has made many conference presentations and published articles on French poetry and on the pedagogy of teaching culture.

Professor Lance Lazar, Rome Program Director 2014-2015

Associate Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program at Assumption College, Professor Lazar will serve as the Assumption Rome Campus Director during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Professor Lazar earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and History, Summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. Professor Lazar is a cultural and social historian of European Civilization from the fourteenth through the eighteenth centuries, especially the Mediterranean world, and Renaissance and Baroque Italy. His book on Italian popular devotion, Working in the Vineyard of the Lord: Jesuit Confraternities in Early Modern Italy (Toronto, 2005) won the American Catholic Historical Association annual Howard R. Marraro Prize. Favorite interests include exploring human creativity in all its forms, but especially the arts, architecture, literature, religion, and charity. Professor Lazar has directed two Foundations Travel Seminars, to Venice in 2010 and to the Low Countries in 2013.

Professor Marc. A. LePain

Faculty-in-residence (Fall 2015) Marc A. LePain, Ph.D. Marc is a Professor of Theology at Assumption College, where he has taught for over forty years. He earned the B.A. from Assumption College, M.A. in French from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University. He has taught in the College’s Foundations of Western Civilization Program since 1975 and also offers courses in The Bible and Asian TraditionsProf. LePain is the translator of three books by the French political philosopher Pierre Manent, published by Princeton and Harvard University Presses, as well as of Dissent and Philosophy in the Middle Ages: Dante and His Precursors. He has written essays on The Arabian Nights, Virgil’s Aeneid, and Dante’s Comedy, including “‘Tra feltro e feltro:’ Whence Dante’s Greyhound?” and “Dante Is from Mars.”