A Message from the Director

On July 1, 2018, Matteo Ricci College became part of Seattle University's College of Arts and Sciences, and we have a new name: Matteo Ricci Institute.

Dr. Dan Washburn and I have been named the inaugural Associate Director and Director of the Matteo Ricci Institute. Having served as Interim Dean of MRC since 2016, I am very excited to take on this role. It's an honor to be selected as the first director of the Matteo Ricci Institute. The Matteo Ricci community is a vibrant group committed to inclusive humanities education and community engagement, and I am proud to continue to be a part of it.

The Matteo Ricci Institute will continue to serve students through its degrees in Humanities, Humanities for Teaching, and Humanities for Leadership, and the faculty will continue in the coming year to welcome students to its space on the first floor of the Casey Building.

I invite you to read the latest issue of the College of Arts & Sciences e-newsletter, which includes a welcome to the Matteo Ricci Institute from Dean David Powers.

You can subscribe to the Arts & Sciences newsletter here and also subscribe to our Matteo Ricci Institute newsletter here.


Paulette Kidder, PhD
Matteo Ricci Institute

Student-Centered Jesuit Education

Matteo Ricci Institute is a close-knit, vibrant community committed to academic excellence and to making every student as successful as possible. Our small classes ensure collaboration between students and professors and deepen students' understanding of their studies. Each of the three degrees is built on the humanities curriculum, a solid foundation for future studies that is rooted in 450 years of Jesuit tradition.

Choose from three degrees: BA, Humanities; BA, Humanities in Leadership; and BA, Humanities in Teaching. We also offer a Minor in Humanities.

Built on the Strength of Jesuit Principles

Like St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, we believe that a holistic education relies on personal attention and deep care. Fr. Ricci, S.J., the namesake of the College, was a 16th century Italian scholar in China who worked closely with the local people, learning from the Chinese while simultaneously sharing European ideas.

Educating the Whole Person

Drawing from the Jesuit tradition, faculty and staff in Matteo Ricci College work to make each student as successful as possible. While education is about what you know, it is also about who you are, and Matteo Ricci faculty strive to help students grow in both realms. 

Contact Us

  • Paulette Kidder, PhD

    Paulette Kidder, PhD

    (206) 296-5407

  • Dan Washburn, PhD

    Dan Washburn, PhD

    Associate Director
    (206) 398-4475

  • Christina Juarez

    Christina Juarez

    Senior Administrative Assistant
    (206) 296-2690

Matteo Ricci Institute