College of Arts and Sciences


  • Historian Thomas Worcester, S.J., Named Le Roux Chair

    February 6, 2012

    College of the Holy Cross Professor Thomas Worcester, S.J., has been named the Le Roux Chair for Spring 2013. The William F. LeRoux, S.J. Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences is awarded to a Jesuit academic in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Worcester is the editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

    “Thomas Worcester is a prolific scholar and an outstanding historian and teacher,” said Arts and Sciences Dean David Powers in announcing the award.

    Worcester’s scholarship focuses on the Reformation, religion and politics, and early modern European history. He is the author of Seventeenth-Century Cultural Discourse: France and the Preaching of the Bishop Camus and recently co-edited The Papacy Since 1500: From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor with James Corkery. His articles have appeared in the Catholic Historical Review, Seventeenth-Century French Studies, Sixteenth Century Journal, and French Colonial History.

    Worcester was awarded Holy Cross's Marfuggi Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2006 in recognition of work on "Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800." He co-curated the exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum and co-edited its catalogue, which was distributed by University of Chicago Press.

    Worcester received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge. He has taught at the College of the Holy Cross since 1994. As the LeRoux Chair, Worcester joins the History Department faculty and will teach a course, conduct a public lecture, and engage in research.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.


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