Toronto Jesuit History Research Group

Toronto Jesuit History Research Group (TJHRG) is an interdisciplinary hub for Jesuit studies. In 2022-2023 we will focus on informal round tables, talks with respondents, moderated conversations with guests, and, circumstances allowing, workshops, film screenings, and field trips. Possible topics include the Jesuits’ role in the TRC; the intersection of Jesuit and native spirituality (syncretism, colonisation of the imaginary); Jesuit missions in China, Japan, and modern film; Jesuit contributions to cartography, theatre, and Baroque art.


  • John Meehan, SJ; Director, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Trinity College
  • Andreas Motsch, French
  • Jean-Olivier Richard, SMC Christianity & Culture


Faculty, University of Toronto

  • Loula Abd-Elrazak, A&S French
  • Marie-Therese Ballin, A&S French (Sessional)
  • Paul Cohen, A&S History
  • Mairi Cowan, UTM Historical Studies
  • Sébastien Drouin, UTSC Language Studies
  • Francesco Guardiani, A&S Italian Studies
  • Adam Hincks A&S Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Grégoire Holtz, A&S French
  • Reid Locklin, SMC Christianity & Culture/A&S Study of Religion
  • Valentina Napolitano, A&S Anthropology
  • Franco Pierno, A&S Italian Studies
  • Adam Richter, UTM Chemical & Physical Sciences (Sessional)
  • David W. Smith, A&S French (Emeritus)
  • Adrien Zakar, A&S NMC/IHPST

Faculty Members outside University of Toronto

  • Michael C.F. Bazzocchi, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Clarkson U.
  • Luca Codignola-Bo, History, St. Mary’s University
  • Liam Brockey, History, Michigan State U.
  • Clorinda Donato, French and Italian, California State U.
  • Sr. Gill Goulding CJ, Regis College
  • Daniel MacLeod, History, U. Manitoba
  • Carlota McAllister, Anthropology, York University
  • Robert Melançon, French, U. Montreal (Emeritus)
  • Swann Paradis, French, York U.
  • Marie-Christine Pioffet, French, York University
  • John Steckley, Liberal Arts, Humber College (Emeritus)
  • Stephen Tardif, SMC Christianity & Culture
  • Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ., History, Fordham University

Postdoctoral Researchers outside University of Toronto

  • Fannie Dionne, History, McGill
  • Elisa Frie, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston U.
  • Eleanora Rai, U. Turin/KU Leuven
  • Adina Ruiu, U. Montreal

Graduate Students, University of Toronto

  • Oana Baboi, History & Philosophy of Science & Technology
  • Petre Ene, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Geneviève Groulx, UTM Biomedical Communications
  • Bethany Lee, French
  • Rebecca Legrand, French
  • Nadia Takhtaganova, Linguistics
  • Robert Twiss, Comparative Literature

Graduate Students outside University of Toronto

  • Carlos Chiquihuaras, Centre Sèvres, Paris
  • Renée Girard, History and Classical Studies, McGill U.
  • Adam Lalonde, Toronto School of Theology
  • Sandra-Lynn Leclaire, History McGill University

Undergraduate Students at University of Toronto

  • Amanda Costabile
  • Giselle Novak
  • David Sturino
  • Sharese Taylor

Staff Member, University of Toronto

  • Elisa Tersigni, Senior Research Associate, UTM Collaborative Digital Research Space

Community Professionals

  • Bill Byrd, Rainbow Faith & Freedom Charity
  • Francis Dansereau, Director, Jesuit Archives of Canada
  • Philip Endean, Jesuit Faculties of Paris (Centre Sèvres)
  • Fr. Michael Knox SJ, Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland
  • Camilla Russell, Editor, Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, ARSI Rome
  • Rebecca Somerset, Archivist, Jesuit Archives in Britain
  • Fr. Sylvester Tan SJ, Jesuits Montreal