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Faculty Scholarship


In March 2021, Dr. Hartnett published a 24-lecture course on revolutionary history with The Great Courses. It is The Great Revolutions of Modern History (Chantilly, VA: The Great Courses) Video and Audio Course with Course Guidebook, March 2021.

Dr. Hartnett also contributed to a piece for on the relationship between World War I and the Russian Revolution:

  • How World War I Fueled the Russian Revolution” April 28, 2021 (Contributor)

At the start of the fall 2020 semester Dr. Hartnett was featured on the History Channel’s History This Week podcast:

  • “Shaving Russia” History This Week Podcast. History Channel. September 5, 2020

Dr Hartnett is currently working on a book project on a study of Russian Revolutionary émigrés in Britain in the decades preceded the Russian Revolutions of 1917. The working title is Lenin’s Neighbors: Russian Political Exiles and Émigré Communities in Liberal Britain, 1881-1918.

Dr. Hartnett continues to serve as the Director of the Graduate Program in History and recently completed a three year term as the President of Villanova’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.


Recent Books:

  • Citizen Countess: Sofia Panina and the Fate of Revolutionary Russia. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2019.

  • Personal Trajectories in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922:Biographical Itineraries, Individual Experiences, Autobiographical Reflections, eds. Korine Amacher, Benjamin Schenk, Anthony J. Heywood and Adele Lindenmeyr. Bloomington: Slavica Publishers; 2021.

  • Women and Gender in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922, volume in preparation for the project Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922, eds. Adele Lindenmeyr and Melissa Stockdale; forthcoming, Slavica Publishers, 2021

Recent article:

  • “Writing Women into the Russian Revolution of 1917,” Journal of Modern Russian History and Historiography 13 (2020), 214-31. doi:10.1163/22102388-01301007
faculty photo, rev. joe loya

Rev. Joseph Loya published a book chapter, “’Upon Us and Upon These Offered Gifts’: Ecclesio-epicletic Graces in Byzantine Divine Liturgies,” in Christopher Cimorelli and Daniel Minch, Daniel (Eds.), One Bread, One Body, One Church: The Ecclesia of Christ Today. Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia, Peeters Press, April 13, 2021.

About the book and chapter: How does the church come from Jesus? Previously, this was a much clearer and more settled question. It could be answered from dogmatic conclusions, rather than from historical investigation. Since the methodological revolutions in Catholic theology of the twentieth century that initiated hermeneutical processes of self-discovery, potential answers to this question are far less stable and comprehensive. The recovery of past elements of tradition and the uncertainty of the future demand creative answers to the challenges facing the church regarding its identity. This volume, prepared in honor of Bernard P. Prusak (Villanova U.), attempts to constructively explore the question of 'how' the church comes from Jesus. Fr. Joe’s contribution to the volume is located in the section that investigates the identity of the church and what it means to encounter God's revelation in history, featuring contributions from biblical, liturgical, and systematic theologians on topics ranging from scriptural metaphors to receptions of the Second Vatican Council.

faculty photo, miron wolnicki

Dr. Miron Wolnicki recently published a book, New Challenges Facing the Global Economy (Łódź University Press, 2021). This 174 page book, co-authored with Dr. Ryszard Piasecki, "focuses on select countries and regions which, in our opinion, will be the most important consumer and export markets in the next two decades.” (Łódź University Press)

Contact Information

Rev. Joseph Loya, OSA, PhD
Director, Russian Area Studies
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Phone: 610-519-7243

Sarah Peters
Program Coordinator
Theology and Religious Studies Department
Phone: 610-519-4732