College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Catholic Studies > Faculty > Emanuele Colombo
Church History (16th-19th centuries), Jesuit Missions, Christian-Muslims Relationships in the Early Modern Age.
ResearchMy research is focused on religious history in the early modern period: theology and politics, Jesuit missions, and Christian-Muslim encounters. In the last few years, I have approached the history of early modern Catholicism through the prism of the Society of Jesus. Thanks to the extraordinary richness of Jesuit archives, the eclectic nature of early modern Jesuits, and their strong involvement with political, social, and cultural life, the history of the Society of Jesus offers a fascinating perspective from which to study the early modern period. Recently, I have been fascinated by the later phases of Jesuit history, in particular the years between the suppression and restoration of the order (1773-1814).
The last few years have seen an explosion of Jesuit studies. With an international group of colleagues, I am on the board of the Jesuit Studies series (published by Brill) and the executive editor of the Journal of Jesuit Studies (Brill). I am always in touch with the European academic environment and am a member of the Accademia Ambrosiana in Milan.
I have authored three books, edited two books, and published several articles and book chapters. I am currently working on the biography of a seventeenth-century Muslim prince from Fez, Morocco, who converted to Catholicism, joined the Society of Jesus, and spent the rest of his life preaching to Muslims in different European countries.
at DePaul, I teach multiple sessions of “Introduction to Catholicism” and
“Catholic Experience II”; for many students those classes are their first
exposure to Catholicism, and I really enjoy the discussions with them. I have
also created and taught classes on Catholic-Muslim relationships, the Second
Vatican Council, and a First-Year Program entitled “Food in World History,”
very popular among students. Finally, I regularly teach two Study Abroad
Programs: “Rome and Roman Catholicism” and “Western Art, History, and Religion
in Florence, Rome, and Assisi."