MemberLawrence A. Whitney

…2019: PhD – Boston University
2009: MDiv – Boston University
2005: BM – Ithaca College…
Language as Ritual: Saying what Cannot Be Said with Western and Confucian Ritual Theories. Doctor of Philosophy, Boston University, 2019,

§“Faith Transforms in Times of Crisis” Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, December 2014.
*“Symmetry and Asymmetry: Problems and Prospects for Modeling” Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities. Dordrecht, Nethelands: Springer, 2013,
§“From the Mainline to the Margins” Secular Monasticism: A Journey. Bloomington, IN: …

Brother Lawrence A. Whitney, PhD, LC† has served as University Chaplain at Boston University since 2007 where he also completed the PhD in philosophical and comparative theology in 2019. Professed and a priest in the Lindisfarne Community, he is also a Fellow at the Institute for Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, on the board of directors of Convergence on Campus, and President of the North American Paul Tillich Society.

MemberAntonio Luciano Tosta

Luciano Tosta is Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas. Before joining the faculty at KU, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his graduate studies at Brown University, Dr. Tosta taught at Harvard University, Boston University, and Rhode Island College. He received Harvard University’s Certificate of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching, and featured on the University of Illinois’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. In Brazil he taught at the Federal and State Universities of Bahia.

MemberKerim Yasar

I teach modern Japanese literature and film at the University of Southern California. I was previously Assistant Professor of Japanese at The Ohio State University and had visiting appointments at Boston University and the University of Notre Dame. I was the East Asian Studies-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University between 2009-12.

MemberRyan Patten

…PhD in Editorial Studies
Boston University Editorial Institute (in progress)

MSM in Organ
Boston University, 2015

BM in Organ Performance
Capital University, 2012…

A PhD candidate in Editorial Studies at Boston University’s Editorial Institute, where my dissertation is a critical edition of a selection of Maurice Greene’s (1696–1755) orchestral anthems. Other interests include: music and cultural history of the Early Modern Era, especially of Britain and North America; sacred music and theology; Irish and Scottish music; textual criticism; and bibliography.

MemberJoshua Rumbaoa Jerome Garcia

…Graduate Theological Union
Doctor of Philosophy
Concentration: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Advisor: Uriah Y. Kim, Ph.D.

Yale Divinity School ’20
Master of Arts in Religion
Concentration: Hebrew Bible
Advisor: Joel S. Baden, Ph.D.

Boston University School of Theology ’17
Master of Theological Studies, cum laude
Thesis: “Textual Problems and Interpretations of Habakkuk 3”
Thesis Advisor: Alejandro F. Botta, Ph.D.

George Fox University ’15
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, double degree
Advisors: Brian R. Doak, Ph.D. and Christopher Koch Ph.D….

I am a Ph.D. Student in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Graduate Theological Union and my research concerns the poetics of liminality and hegemony in the literature of the Hebrew Bible and Ugarit. I interrogate these broader lines of historical-critical inquiry at the intersection of Postcolonial Theory and Gender Theory (particularly Masculinity Studies) while aware of my Filipinx-American social location. I hold master’s degrees from Yale University and Boston University and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and biblical studies from George Fox University.

MemberChristopher Lukasik

Christopher J. Lukasik is a Provost’s Fellow for Fulbright Faculty Awards and an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Purdue University, specializing on the literary and visual cultural history of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic world. He has received over fifteen fellowships, including long-term awards from the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, the American Antiquarian Society, the Boston University Humanities Foundation, the Purdue Research Foundation, and the Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture at the University of Virginia. He has presented over 90 papers on three continents and his work has been published in over a dozen journals. He is the author of Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) and he is currently working on a new book project entitled The Image in the Text: Intermediality, Illustration, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

MemberRebecca Marchand

Rebecca Marchand is Professor of core studies in Music History at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She teaches undergraduate music history, courses such as Writing About Music and Communicating About Music, and a wide range of graduate seminars in topics ranging from women and music of the Italian Renaissance to investigating the music of the Darmstadt summer courses. Marchand also directs the Graduate Music History Writing Center at Boston Conservatory. A founding member of the Haydn Society of North America, Marchand also served as the president of the New England chapter of the American Musicological Society from 2012 to 2016. She has held previous teaching and lecturing positions at Westmont College, Boston University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Providence College. She has presented at a variety of conferences, including a Master Teacher session at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society and has delivered invited lectures at West Virginia University and University of New Hampshire. Marchand is also an author of digital learning content for W. W. Norton music textbook publications. Her essay “Missa Eclectica: Lou Harrison and Artistic Ideologies after Vatican II” appears in Qui musicam in se habet: Studies in Honor of Alejandro Enrique Planchart, edited by Anna Zayaruznaya, Bonnie Blackburn, and Stanley Boorman (American Institute of Musicology, 2015).  

MemberBeckie Bray Rankin

…Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC June 2010
MAEd Foreign Language Education (French)
Boston University Collaborative Degree Program, Boston, MA May 2007
Bachelor of Science, Modern Foreign Language Education: Dean’s List, Scarlet Key, Dean’s Hosts President
Bachelor of Arts, French Language & Literature
Teacher Licensure: French, MA 5-12 Professional (2015), MA PreK-5 Initial (2016)…

Beckie began her teaching career at a charter network in Washington, DC after completing undergraduate studies at Boston University where she earned a BA in French and a BS in Teaching Foreign Languages.  She served as District Coordinator and French teacher at a charter network for 2 years. Beckie completed an MAEd in French Education at Wake Forest University (NC) in 2010 and then spent a year in West Africa leading and teaching French with JourneyCorps, a humanitarian home-stay missional program. Beckie is currently a French teacher at Lexington High School (MA), where she coordinates the French Exchange Program. She is the First VP of MaFLA, Associate Producer of the Lead with Languages Podcast America the Bilingual, a member of the AATF Eastern Massachusetts Board, a Cohort II LILL member, the Vice Chair of an ACTFL SIG, and on the K-16 Pipeline Committee of the MLA. Beckie has published and presented in numerous venues, and loves to connect.

MemberAnna Newman

I am a librarian who is passionate about open knowledge and public humanities. Currently I’m a Librarian for Digital Academic Strategies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I previously worked as the Open Access Specialist at Boston University and received my M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. In my career as a librarian, I have advocated for open access to information, educated others about open access practices, and coordinated programming to promote the use of open educational resources. I am also active in a number of public humanities projects that promote community building, self-reflection, and social justice. I am a member of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program 2018-19 cohort.

MemberJeffrey A. Becker

Jeffrey Becker is a Mediterranean archaeologist. Becker has held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The College of William & Mary, Boston University, McMaster University, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, and the University of Mississippi. Additionally, Becker served as Acting Director of the Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an Associate Editor of the Pleiades Project and contributing editor for Etruscan and Roman art at Becker is a veteran of archaeological fieldwork in Italy, notably on the Palatine Hill in Rome with Clementina Panella and the University of Michigan’s project at Gabii in Central Italy. He is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Binghamton University – SUNY. At Binghamton, he teaches courses in Mediterranean archaeology and Graeco-Roman art history.