David J. Collins, S.J., Ph.D. is currently the Director of Doctoral Studies and an associate professor of history at Georgetown University. He holds a doctorate in History from Northwestern University and advanced degrees in philosophy and theology from universities in the U.S.A. and Germany, where he has also taught and lectured at several universities. David Collins is an expert in the cultural and intellectual history of medieval and early modern Europe. His first scholarly work focused on the devotional writings by Renaissance humanists about the saints, and he is the author of Reforming Saints: Saints’ Lives and Their Authors in Germany, 1470-1530 (Oxford University Press, 2008). His research in this field has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. From 2007 to 2009, he was a visiting fellow at the Monumenta Germaniae Historica in Munich.