Burns Librarian and associate university librarian for special collections at Boston College. He directs the John J. Burns Library for Rare Books & Special Collections and University Archives. His primary research interests relate to the history of libraries and collecting. His most recent publications and presentations concern the formation of institutional collections relating to Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy and their role in the reception of Italian literature in the United States. He has also recently published a book on the reception of phenomenology in French philosophy and religious thought for the Phaenomenologica series.