Faculty

 

View the list of Catholic Studies Program Faculty Publications (2015-2016) and see our faculty's bios below.

 

Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, ph.d., Haub Director of the Catholic Studies Program

Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona taught in the Catholic Studies Program and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University before becoming Haub Director of Catholic Studies in 2015. She is the recipient of the Georgetown University Alumni Association Faculty Award for 2008 and of both the Annual Award for Excellence in the Arts from The Newington-Cropsey Foundation and the Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award from Georgetown University in 2000. During 1996-97, she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. The author of numerous articles for scholarly journals, collected volumes, and reference works, Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is the Editor-in-Chief of both the Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion and the Arts in the West (2023) and the Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and the Arts (2016-2021). She is developing an 8-volume research anthology series on the theme of Sources and Documents in the History of Christian Art (2019-2021) and a new books Mary Magdalene: A Visual History (2019). She serves on the editorial boards of Biblical Reception, Twentieth Century Religious Thought, and Visual Commentary on Scripture as well as on the scientific committees for a series of international conference based in Florence L’arte sacra e la mostre (2016-2022) and Florence and the Idea of the New Jerusalem (2017-2022). Currently completing Christian Art: A Companion Guide (2019), the translation of The Religions (2017), and Christian Art: A Bibliographic Guide (2019), her most recent books include Religion and the Arts: History and Method (2017), Biblical Reception 5: The Bible and Art (2018), and the introduction for Fallen Animals: Art, Literature, Religion edited by Zohar Hadromi-Allouche (2017). Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona was guest curator and author of the catalogue for In Search of Mary Magdalene: Images and Traditions (2002). She served as a Core Consultant to the PBS/BBC series, Dancing! (1993), and as co-curator for the celebratory exhibition, Noguchi at the Dance, for the Dance Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (1994).

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Michelle SiemietkowskiMichelle siemietkowski, assistant director of the catholic studies program

Michelle Siemietkowski holds a M.A. in Pastoral Studies with a concentration in Ignatian spirituality from the Washington Theological Union and a M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies from Georgetown University.  She also holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University.  She has worked at Georgetown University since August 1992 in the Offices of Advancement, International Programs, and now Mission and Ministry.  In addition to serving as a chaplain and retreat director at Georgetown, Ms. Siemietkowski oversees campus ministry at the Medical Center, the Law Center, the School of Continuing Studies and in the residence halls on the main campus. 

 

Mark Gray, Research Associate Professor, Director of CARA Catholic Polls at Georgetown's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)

Dr. Gray has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on culture and politics, political participation, democratization, and religion and politics. Methodologically, Mark specializes in survey research, trend analysis, and cross-sectional time-series studies. Dr. Gray came to Georgetown in 2002. Since that time he has been a primary investigator for 15 national surveys of adult Catholics at CARA ranging from media use to sacramental practice. He has also completed national studies regarding the effects of Catholic college enrollment on Catholic students, the outlook for Catholic primary schools, a census of Catholic housing programs, a time-series study regarding Catholic giving, and research on Catholic parishes entrusted to lay people and deacons. Dr. Gray's research spanning political participation, corruption, globalization, trade, and other issues has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals: Presidential Studies Quarterly, International Organization, PS: Political Science & Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and European Review.

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jeanne lord, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Jeanne Fielding Lord serves as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Georgetown and is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Catholic Studies. She holds a J.D. from The Catholic University of America and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of the Matteo Ricci Prize and an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu. She directs the Jesuit Leadership Seminar and serves on the Women’s Leadership Advisory Board at Loyola University Chicago.​ Lord has long been deeply involved in promoting Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit mission and identity.

 

James Wickman, Director of Music, liturgy, and catholic life

Dr. James Wickman has 30 years experience in Catholic Church leadership and administration on the university, diocesan, parish, and national levels. In addition to his work at Georgetown University, Dr. Wickman also taught at the Catholic University of America, was the Associate Director for the Office of Worship in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and worked in parishes in St. Louis and Chicago. He has spoken on spiritual and liturgical topics both nationally and internationally, as well as at National Conventions in the US. At Georgetown University, Dr. Wickman directs the staff and programing of the Catholic Chaplaincy, teaches courses in the Catholic Studies Program, and enjoys directing the University Chapel Choir.

  • Doctor of Ministry (2012) Catholic University of America, Liturgical Studies
  • MA Pastoral Studies (1989) Aquinas Institute of Theology, Music and Liturgy
  • BA (1987) St. Louis University, Music

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