The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

ITMS Shannon Fellowships

Research Topics of Shannon Fellows - 2024-1997





Augustė Žičkytė (Lithuania)

"Boundary Experiences in Thomas Merton’s Egodocuments: the Fictive and the Representation of Realities."





Jessica Coblentz and Susan Mancino 

"Merton and Madeleva: A Correspondence on American Catholic Life."





 Alda Balthrop-Lewis (Australia)

"Politics and Contemplation: Thomas Merton in Conversation with the 1960s."

Matt Dill

"Albert Camus’s Influence on Thomas Merton."

Stephanie Redekop (Canada)

"Obliged to Speak: Thomas Merton’s Literary Essays and 1960s Crisis Discourse."





 Aubrey Derryberry

"Thomas Merton: The Man, The Artist, The Rockstar."

Patrick F. O'Connell


"Essays on teachers and saints from the Christian tradition who had a significant influence of the spirituality of Thomas Merton."





 Zhaohui Bao (China)

"Study on Thomas Merton's The Way of Chuang Tzu."

Jim Robinson

"Merton and Ruether: Toward a Contemplative-Prophetic Ecotheological Anthropology."





Paul R. Dekar (Canada)

"Thomas Merton on Racial Justice."

Matthew Reid

"Adoption of Monastic Practices."





Eric Martin

"A Theology of Dis/Obedience: The Conversion of Daniel Berrigan, 1953-1966."





Bill Meyer

"The Enlightened Teacher: An Inquiry into a Contemplative Curriculum."

Kathleen Witkowska Tarr

"Thomas Merton’s Alaska Journey 1968."






Alex Mikulich

"Thomas Merton’s Analysis of White Innocence and Racial Superiority."






William Murphy

"What is the connection between Catholic contemplatives, Christian mysticism, Zen, and love – and is that what is missing in the world - especially in the Protestant church?"

M. Sophia Newman

"Fracking the Kentucky Holy Land: Politics, Science, and the Legacy of Thomas Merton."

Monica Weis

"Thomas Merton and Celtic Spirituality: A New World."





Malcolm Cash

"I Have Called You By Your Name: Thomas Merton and the Black Experience."





Gary P. Hall (United Kingdom)

"Bystanders and Actors in the Work of Thomas Merton."

Young-suk Moon (South Korea)

"The Prophetic Witness of Thomas Merton as an Antidote to Fundamentalist Religious Forms that Advocate and Justify Terror and Violence."

Erick Moser

"The relationship between Jean Danielou, SJ and Thomas Merton, OCSO."





Daniel P. Horan, OFM

"The Role Played by the Franciscan Tradition in Merton's Understanding of Vocation and in Terms of His Ongoing Conversion."

Malgorzata Poks (Poland)

"Merton’s Interests in Anthropology, Literary Theories and Post-Structuralism in an Interpretation of His Geography of Lograire."





Mary Frances Coady (Canada)

"Thomas Merton and Evelyn Waugh."

Gray Matthews

"The Sermons of Thomas Merton."

Mark C. Meade

"James Laughlin and Thomas Merton Look South: Their Mutual Interest in Latin American Poets."





Marilyn F. Hendricks

"The Spirituality and Ethics of Thomas Merton"

David M. Odorisio

"Thomas Merton and Philoxenus: The Novitiate Conference Tapes."

Jan Sheridan

"Seeing through the Eyes of Thomas Merton: The New York Years."





William Apel

"Signs of Hope: The Social Justice Letters of Thomas Merton."

Vaughn Jerome Fayle

"The Setting of Select Poetry by Thomas Merton to Music for Various Chamber, Orchestral, Vocal and Instrumental Groups."

Ryan Scruggs  (Canada)

"Thomas Merton and the Bible."





John Cronin (Ireland)

"The Ecological Theology of Thomas Merton: A Model for the 21st Century."

Andrea Neuhoff

"An Examination of the Evolutionary Creation of The Seven Storey Mountain."

Stefano Santasilia (Italy)

"The Influences of Martin Buber and Gabriel Marcel on Merton’s Understanding of Identity and Dialogue"





Rev. Dr. William Mangrum

"Thoughts in Solitude: Merton's Middle Years and the Hermitage of St. Anne."





Katarzyna Bruzda (Poland)

“Merton as Visual Artist.”

Arthur Giacalone

“Video of Merton as an awakened adept within the Christian mystical/monastic lineage.”

Elizabeth Goodwin (Australia)

“Humor in the Writings and Discourses of Merton.”





Daniel Bogert O’Brien (Canada)

“Thomas Merton and Ivan Illich.”

Regina Derieva (Sweden)

“Translations of Merton’s Poetry into Russian.”





Kevin McGuirk (Canada)

“Merton and Writing: Writing as Identity and Writing as Practice.”

Paul R. Dekar

“Thomas Merton on Technology.”

Sharon Moore-Cook (Canada)

“Psychological Dimensions of Thomas Merton Using Myer Brigg Personality Type Inventory.”





Malgorzata Polks (Poland)

“Thomas Merton and the Different Drummer of “the Other” America: Voices that Resonate in Harmony”- examined Latin American connections in Merton’s poetry."

Fr. John Amuji (Nigeria)

“Seeds for a Contemporary Spirituality of Inter-religious Dialogue in the Writings of Thomas Merton.”

Mary Cummings

“The Fertile Friendship of Thomas Merton and Edward Rice.”

Judith Hardcastle (Canada)

“Merton’s Interfaith Interests.”

Patrick Samway, S.J.

“Edit and Evaluate Thomas Merton-Robert Giroux Correspondence.”





Fabrice Blee

“Thomas Merton’s Approach of In-depth Dialogue with Buddhism: Spiritual and Theological Challenges.”

Ginny Bear

“Merton and Foreign Languages.”





Sr. Coleen O’Sullivan (Australia)

“A Significant Solitude.”

Andrei Kirilenkov (Russia)

Russian Translation of Jim Forest’s Living With Wisdom and 4 chapters from Seeds of Contemplation.

Sheila Hempstead

“Tilting the Mirror: A Closer Look at Ruth Calvert Jenkins Merton.”





Andrea Cook (New Zealand)

“A Feminist View of 18 Poems and Merton’s ‘Yes’ to God."

Cristobal Serran-Pagan (Spain)

“Mystical Vision and Prophetic Voice in Thomas Merton and St. John of the Cross: Toward a Mystical Theology of Final Integration.”

Sonia Petisco Martinez (Spain)

“Critical Study and Translation into Spanish of the Poetical Work of Thomas Merton.”

Michael J. Callaghan

“The English Mystics and Thomas Merton’s Sense of Absence. The Spiritualities of Richard Rolle, Julian of Norwich, Walter Hilton provided Merton with a spiritual method whereby he could address the absence of 'Father', 'mother', and 'family'.”

Rusty Moe

“Naked Runner: A Portrait of Thomas Merton.”-film biography.





Elsie Mayer

“Thomas Merton and Bob Dylan Connection.”

Lynn Szabo (Canada)

“The Language of Silence in the Voice and Typography of Thomas Merton’s Poetry.”

Philip Marshall Thompson

“Merton’s Reflections on Modern Technology.”