Boaz Vilallonga is a historian, journalist and spiritual educator. He is a religion scholar at the Department of Classics of Columbia University. He holds a French grande école PhD and has worked at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and New York University. He has also been the editor-in-chief of Catalan weekly magazine El Temps, where he relaunched the historical publication to the digital era. As a journalist, his work has appeared in Catalan, American and Israeli media. His new venture, Dr. Boaz, provides spiritual and religious direction and guidance to people looking for a spiritual awakening.
Coming from the academic world, Vilallonga has a long and fruitful list of publications in different Catalan, American and Israeli newspapers and media outlets. A relevant number of his publications are signed as Borja Vilallonga, his secular name. He started his career in journalism as opinion writer at the Catalan newspaper Diari Ara in 2013. In 2017 he was appointed editor-in-chief of the main Catalan weekly magazine, El Temps. During his tenure, he transformed the magazine into a viable, modern and digital publication, while focusing on investigative reporting and content quality. He was also responsible for the digital marketing strategy, as well as the business development of El Temps' publishing company. For the sake and pleasure of writing, Vilallonga curates his blog, A Tolerable Anarchy.
With a scholarly focus on religion and modern intellectual European history, Vilallonga has developed his academic career and research in Spain, France and the United States. He is currently research scholar at Columbia University and has held positions at New York University and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris. Vilallonga earned his Ph.D. in history from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, with a dissertation on the religious and intellectual origins of nineteenth-century Catalan and Spanish nationalism.
Equipped with his expertise in religion and spirituality, Vilallonga maintains a private practice on spiritual direction in New York City. Spiritual direction is a traditional counseling mentor figure that allows people to grow in their faith or in a new faith. Many religions and denominations have spiritual guides. Vilallonga has developed his own method for spiritual direction. Combining his scholarship and spiritual and religious experience, he offers contemporary, pluralistic, non-denominational and non-judgmental spiritual direction for those who want to begin their spiritual awakening. Learn more about spiritual direction in Dr. Boaz’s website.
Vilallonga is proficient in 10 languages. He is native in French, Catalan and Spanish and has near native-ability in English. He is fluent in Italian and Latin, and can read Hebrew, German, Portuguese and Occitan. While he was in college, Vilallonga was introduced to Esperanto, and since then he has been a committed esperantist. His linguistic mastery has been instrumental in most of his different job duties throughout the years.