Mathew N. Schmalz, College of the Holy Cross
Mathew N. Schmalz is associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross and received his B. A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in the history of religions from the University of Chicago. Schmalz has been a Century, Watson, Fulbright, and AIIS Fellow, and resided in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for a total of four years as a student and researcher. He has published over fifty articles and essays that engage global Catholicism (particularly in South Asia), Catholic theology and spirituality, Mormonism, and The Watchtower movement. He is co-editor of Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances (SUNY, 2012, with Peter Gottschalk) and author of Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life Changing Gift (OSV, 2016). Schmalz has also written over one hundred opinion pieces that have appeared in On Faith, Crux, The Huffington Post and the in the print editions of The Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, US Catholic, The National Catholic Reporter, the Providence Journal, and the Telegram & Gazette. He has provided expert commentary to USA Today, The New York Times, ABC's Good Morning America, NPR, CNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. In addition to being founding editor of the Journal of Global Catholicism, Schmalz serves on the editorial boards of Asian Horizons, Christian Higher Education, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He is a grateful husband and father.
Marc Roscoe Loustau, College of the Holy Cross
Marc Roscoe Loustau is a visiting lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the Religious Studies Department at the College of the Holy Cross. He received a doctoral degree in religious studies in 2015 and a masters of divinity in 2006, both from Harvard Divinity School. He graduated with honors with a bachelor of arts in social anthropology from Reed College in 2000. He is currently preparing a book manuscript and proposal based on three years of ethnographic and archival research at the Șumuleu Ciuc (Hu: Csíksomlyó) pilgrimage site in Transylvania, Romania. In addition to several book reviews, Loustau is the author of an article forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary Religion: “Risking a Miracle: Transcendentally-Oriented Improvisation and Catholic Charismatics’ Involvement in a Transylvanian Canonization,” and “‘Our Priest Shouldn’t Be Harmed!’” Vulnerability and the Mass in Transylvanian Charismatic Catholicism,” under review at Numen. He is the recipient of multiple awards and research grants, including a Dissertation Finishing Grant from the Panel on Theological Education (2013), and East European Language Training Grant from American Council of Learned Societies (2011) a Frederick Knox Traveling Fellowship from Harvard University (2009) and a John L. Loeb Fellowship from Harvard Divinity School (2009). He currently teaches courses on Global Catholicism, Ethnographic Research Methods, and Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianities.
Kerry P. C. San Chirico, Villanova University
Kerry P. C. San Chirico is assistant professor of interfaith and interreligious studies at Villanova University. Born and raised in Monterey, California, he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Santa Clara University, and masters degrees from Princeton Seminary, Rutgers University, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and Boston College. He holds a doctorate in religious studies (South Asian religions) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. With expertise in Indian religions and global Christianities, his scholarly interests include South Asian bhakti, vernacular Hinduisms, inter-religious interaction and exchange, and theory and method in the study of religion. Recent publications include the chapter “Religion in the Practice of Daily Life in India” in the multi-volume series Religion and Everyday Life and Culture (Praeger, 2010) and “Between Christian and Hindu: Khrist Bhaktas, Catholics, and the Negotiation of Devotion in the Banaras Region” in Constructing Indian Christianities (Routledge India, 2014). He is co-editor of the forthcoming book Hagiography and Religious Truth (Bloomsbury), which explores sanctity across religious traditions. Currently the Secretary of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, San Chirico resides in Narberth, Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.
Danielle Kane, College of the Holy Cross
Danielle Kane is associate director for communications of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross. She is the web manager for Catholics & Cultures, editing all content and producing all multimedia for the site. A seasoned nonprofit communications professional, she has authored and edited award-winning museum publications for the Worcester Art Museum and EcoTarium and garnered regional, national and international press for these institutions. She also has served as editor of the Westford Eagle and the Littleton Independent, which won a first-place general excellence award from the New England Press Association and a merit award from the New England Newspaper Association during her tenure. Kane, who holds a B.S. in communications from Ithaca College, is raising two sons with her husband in Brookfield, Massachusetts.
Rebecca Krier is an educator for girls who teaches at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She studied religious studies and philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, and continued to Yale Divinity School for a masters in the philosophy of religion. She received her MPhil in educational research from the University of Cambridge. Krier is contributing lesson plans for Catholics & Cultures Educator Resources and creates educational content for Newsela.