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Pawloski, Rebecca

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor


Michigan native Rebecca Pawloski came to Rome in 2005 after working in communications for a Catholic non-profit. She completed her undergrad and licentiate (masters) studies in systematic theology at the Pontifical Lateran University, with a focus on ecclesiology. After working in the Vatican at the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, she obtained a Diploma in Safeguarding at the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Institute of Psychology (Centre for Child Protection). She spent a semester at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) for research in this area in collaboration with members of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R). As a doctoral scholar of the Pontifical Gregorian University, her dissertation is focused on the witness of adult survivors of clerical child sexual abuse and the pneumatology of René Girard. She teaches the onsite course Roman Catholicism for JFRC and is passionate about underdog stories in church history, intentional communities, and eco-theology. 


  • STD ABD Pontifical Gregorian University 
  • STL Pontifical Lateran University 
  • STB Pontifical Lateran University 
  • Ph B Pontifical Lateran University 

Research Interests

  • Mimetic Theory 
  • Theological and Pedagogical Methods 
  • Pneumatology 
  • Beguines 
  • Creating safe environments 
  • Environmental safeguarding 
  • Videography