Our Staff

Left to right: Matthew Boudway (Senior Editor), Katherine Lucky (Managing Editor), Meaghan Ritchey (Community & Events Manager), Griffin Oleynick (Assistant Editor), Regina Munch (Assistant Editor), Thomas Baker (Publisher), Tiina Aleman (Production Manager), James Hannan (Business Manager), Matthew Sitman (Associate Editor), Lilly Constance (Intern, Spring 2018), Gabriella Wilke (Development & Publishing Assistant), Dominic Preziosi (Editor).

 

Editor | Dominic Preziosi

Dominic Preziosi joined Commonweal in May 2012 as digital editor. He has held senior editorial positions with McGraw-Hill, Forbes, and CMP/United Business Media, and has published fiction, articles, and essays in The Brooklyn Review, The Common, Descant, Front Porch, ItalianAmericana, Nautilus, New Jersey Spotlight, and elsewhere. He was educated at Fordham University, Brooklyn College, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dominic lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and daughter.

Follow him on Twitter @DominicPreziosi.

 

Senior Editor | Matthew Boudway

Matthew Boudway joined the Commonweal staff in 2006. He grew up in Arizona and was educated at Yale, Oxford, and Boston University. He has worked as a farmhand, a bookseller, and an English teacher in France, and was for two years an editor at First Things. He lives in Harlem.

 

Associate Editor | Matthew Sitman

Matthew Sitman joined the Commonweal staff in 2015. A native of central Pennsylvania, he was educated at Grove City College and pursued doctoral studies in political theory at Georgetown University. Before joining the magazine, he taught in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia and, most recently, was the literary editor of the popular news and culture website, The Dish. He lives in Manhattan.

Follow him on Twitter @MatthewSitman.

 

Managing Editor | Katherine Lucky

Katherine Massinger joined Commonweal in 2018. A native of Oregon, she earned her undergraduate degree in English at Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Columbia University. She has published work at Slate, The Atlantic, and the Harvard Business Review, among other places. Katherine lives in Connecticut with her husband. 

Follow her on Twitter @katherinejlucky.

 

Production Manager | Tiina Aleman

Tiina Aleman has done print and digital production for Commonweal since 1997. Aside from her production duties at the magazine, she writes poetry and does translation and translation editing from Estonian. Her work has been published in various literary magazines including The Iowa Review. She is married to Tony Iannotti. They share their Jersey City house with two cats.

Follow her on Twitter @talemaniannotti.

 

Assistant Editor | Regina Munch

Regina Munch joined the Commonweal staff in 2016.  Originally from the Philadelphia area, she studied humanities at Villanova University and received her master’s degree in history at Boston College. She lives in Manhattan.

Follow her on Twitter @regmunch.

 

Assistant Editor | Griffin Oleynick 

Griffin Oleynick arrived at Commonweal in January 2018 as the magazine’s first John Garvey Writing Fellow and joined the staff in May 2018. 

 

Rita Ferrone

Rita Ferrone, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is the author of several books about liturgy, including Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium (Paulist Press).

 

John Gehring

John Gehring, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, an advocacy group in Washington, and former associate director for media relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

Follow him on Twitter @gehringdc.

 

B.D. McClay

B. D. McClay, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is senior editor of the Hedgehog Review. She lives in New York.

Follow her on Twitter @bdmcclay.

 

Massimo Faggioli

Massimo Faggioli, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. His most recent book is Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century (Liturgical Press, 2017).

Follow him on Twitter @MassimoFaggioli.

 

Paul Moses

Paul Moses, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009) and An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York Irish and Italians (NYU Press, 2015).

Follow him on Twitter @PaulBMoses.

 

Rand Richards Cooper

Rand Richards Cooper, contributing editor at Commonweal, has been a film reviewer, book reviewer, and essayist for Commonweal for over a decade. He is the author of two works of fiction, The Last to Go (HBJ) and Big As Life (The Dial Press) and has taught at Amherst and Emerson colleges.

 

Paul Baumann

Paul Baumann, senior writer for Commonweal, came to Commonweal in 1990 and was editor for fifteen years, 2003-2018. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Monthly, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications. With Patrick Jordan, he is the editor of Commonweal Confronts the Century: Liberal Convictions, Catholic Tradition - Celebrating Seventy-Five Years from the Pages of Commonweal (Touchstone).

 

Editor at Large | Mollie Wilson O'Reilly

Mollie Wilson O'Reilly joined the Commonweal staff in 2008. She is a graduate of Yale and a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her writing on religion, current events and the arts has been published in American Theatre and the Village Voice and online at the Guardian, Nextbook, McSweeney's and TheBigJewel.com. She lives in Westchester with her husband and four young sons.

Follow her on Twitter @MollieOReilly.

 

Copy Editor | Susanne Washburn

Susanne Washburn has served Commonweal since 1999. Prior to that she spent thirty-five years on Time, the last stretch as a senior reporter. Sue studied literature at Albertus Magnus College, and has an MA from New York University. She writes regularly for the regional quarterly Stratton, and contributes occasionally to Commonweal, the National Catholic Reporter, and the American Catholic. With her lawyer husband, Larry Washburn, she lives in Dorset, Vermont; they have three adult children and two grandchildren.

 

Development & Publishing Assistant | Gabriella Wilke

Gabriella Wilke joined Commonweal in 2017. She is a graduate from the University of Minnesota, Morris, where she studied English with an emphasis in Medieval Studies. She and her husband live in the Bronx.

Follow her on Twitter @gabriella_wilke.

 

Community & Events Manager | Meaghan Ritchey

Meaghan Ritchey joined Commonweal in 2017. She adjuncts with Baylor University’s Film and Digital Media Studies Program in New York, and previously was director of global community and programs at International Arts Movement and publisher of The Curator, an online culture website. Originally from West Texas, she moved to New York in 2005, living in the South Bronx for eight years before settling in Long Island City, Queens.

Follow her on Twitter @MeaghanRitchey.

 

Business Manager |James Hannan

James Hannan joined Commonweal in 2010. Prior to that, he held senior management positions at a number of professional and B2B publishing companies. He was educated at Seton Hall University and the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Rita, have three children and live in New Jersey.

 

Development Manager | Christa A. Kerber

Christa A. Kerber is Commonweal's Development Manager.

 

Poetry Editor | Rosemary Deen

Rosemary Deen came to Commonweal in 1979. She first appeared as a Commonweal reviewer in 1957. Educated at Aquinas College in Michigan and at the Universities of Michigan and Chicago, she has taught literature and writing most of her adult life, most recently at Queens College. The poet Marie Ponsot and she developed a new approach to the teaching of writing, and together they wrote two books about it; one, Beat Not the Poor Desk, won a national award. She has published poems and articles on poets, and her most recent publication is a book of essays, Naming the Light (1997).

 

Richard Alleva

Richard Alleva, a film critic for Commonweal, worked as an actor with the National Players, touring the USA and Germany in productions of Shakespeare and Moliere. After numerous other roles in other theater companies, he became the film critic for Crisis Magazine in 1985, decamping for Commonweal in 1990, where he now shares the movie reviewing post with Rand Cooper. Film director Peter Bogdanovich selected Alleva's essay "I Would Toss Myself Aside" (first published in Image magazine) for the 1999 edition of Best American Movie Writing.

 

Celia Wren

Celia Wren, a stage & television critic for Commonweal, is the managing editor of American Theatre, a monthly magazine covering theatre across the country. Her articles about the arts and culture have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, Newsday, the Boston Globe, the New York Observer, Talk, Stagebill, American Theatre, Broadway.com, and South Africa's Weekly Mail.

Follow her on Twitter @CeliaWren1.

 

E. J. Dionne Jr.

E. J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist, professor of government at Georgetown University, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle of the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (Bloomsbury Press). He is a regular contributor to Commonweal.

Follow him on Twitter @EJDionne.

 

Anthony Domestico

Anthony Domestico is an assistant professor of literature at Purchase College, SUNY, and a regular contributor to Commonweal.

Follow him on Twitter @tony_domestico.

 

Luke Timothy Johnson

Luke Timothy Johnson is emeritus Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University.  Among his many books are Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (Yale) and Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church (Eerdmans). He is a regular contributor to Commonweal.

 

Cathleen Kaveny

Cathleen Kaveny teaches law and theology at Boston College, and is a regular contributor to Commonweal.

 

Jo McGowan

Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.

 

Charles R. Morris

Charles R. Morris’s most recent book is The Rabble of Dead Money: a History of the Great Depression (PublicAffairs).  He is a regular contributor to Commonweal.

 

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, is a regular contributor to Commonweal.

 

Publisher Thomas Baker has served in that role at Commonweal since 2010. He began his publishing career as a business reporter, then worked for many years at The Wall Street Journal, where among other roles he oversaw the startup of the paper’s web business. He has degrees from Princeton and Columbia Business School. He and his wife live just outside Princeton, NJ.

Follow him on Twitter @tbopenfield.