Simion Appointed Instructor of Religious Studies
Dr. Marian Simion has been appointed Instructor of Religious Studies and Administrator of the Religious Studies program of Hellenic College. Dr. Simion is the Assistant Director of the Boston Theological Institute, and Postdoctoral Fellow and Field Education Supervisor at Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Simion has served as an adjunct faculty member of Hellenic College since 2004, has strong experience in program development and teaching, and has taught Orthodox peace ethics at Boston College and government studies at Harvard University.
Dr. Demetrios Katos, Dean of Hellenic College, is enthusiastic about Dr. Simion’s new contributions. “Marian has been part of the HCHC family for nearly twenty years as a student and as an instructor. He has taught some of our most popular courses in religious studies, such as War and Peacemaking in Orthodox Christianity, and Religion and Political Violence, and understands the needs of our students. The students will profit from both his teaching and academic advising. The program will be stronger for his leadership.”
Dr. Simion is an alumnus of both Hellenic College (BA ‘98) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (MTS ‘00). Prior to arriving at Hellenic College in 1995, he completed six years of intensive theological education in Orthodox theology in Bucharest, Romania, where in 1994 he received all qualification for ordination to the priesthood. Dr. Simion holds a PhD in Public and International Affairs from Northeastern University.
Trained as an Orthodox theologian and as a political scientist, Simion focuses his research on international security, comparative politics, political theology, religious phenomenology, and collective violence. He has a strong passion for scholarly writing and editing; his most recent publication is “Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics” forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
A former Baritone of the Romanian National Opera, Dr. Simion enjoys singing, and is currently the head chanter at the Saint Parascheva Romanian Orthodox Church in Wakefield. He is married to Denise Simion, Adjunct Instructor, Management & Leadership, and together they have four children.