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.
2016-2017 Academic Year
Professor Paul Ady, Rome Program Director
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.
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.
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.
2017-2019 Rome Campus Faculty
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, 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.
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.
Prior Rome Campus Faculty
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.