Bernard Brady is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School and specializes in Catholic moral theology with an emphasis in Catholic social thought. He is also the former Director of the Aquinas Scholars Honors Program at St. Thomas. His books include Be Good and Do Good: Thinking Through Moral Theology (2014); Essential Catholic Social Thought (2008), and Christian Love: How Christians Through the Ages Have Understood Love (2003). His articles have appeared in The Journal of Catholic Higher Education, The Journal of Moral Theology, the Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, Journal for Peace and Justice, and The Thomist.
John Braverman, S.J. is a Jesuit of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He majored in biology at Princeton University, and completed his doctorate in Population Biology at the University of California in Davis. John completed a Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 2009. He later completed the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (the S.T.L.). Since 2010, John has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. John’s research is in evolutionary biology. He teaches genetics, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, and a course entitled, “God and Evolution.” For fun and spiritual refreshment, John observes and photographs wildlife, especially birds.
Emanuele Colombo (PhD, University of Milan and University of Padua, Italy) is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, Chicago. He has received research scholarships in Italy (University of Milan), France (EPHE, Paris-Sorbonne), and the US (University of Notre Dame and Boston College). His research is focused on religious history in early modern Europe: theology and politics, Jesuit missions, and Christian-Muslim encounters in the Mediterranean. He has authored and edited several books and has published articles and book reviews on international journals. He is the executive editor of the Journal of Jesuit Studies (Brill) and member of the Accademia Ambrosiana (Milan).
Paul J. Contino received his Ph.D in English from Notre Dame, and is currently Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Humanities at Pepperdine University, where he has been granted the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence and taught for thirteen years. He taught for twelve years in Christ College, the interdisciplinary honors college of Valparaiso University. For eleven years, he co-edited the journal Christianity and Literature with his wife, Maire Mullins. He co-edited and introduced the book Bakhtin and Religion: A Feeling for Faith (Northwestern UP, 2001). His has published essays on classic authors such as Zhuangzi, Dante Alighieri, and Jane Austen, as well as on contemporary Catholic writers such as Tobias Wolff, Andre Dubus, and Alice McDermott. His primary scholarly focus is on the Christological dimension of Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. His essay on “Catholic Christianity” will be published in the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Literature and Religion.
Patrick J. Deneen is Associate Professor of Political Science and holds the David A. Potenziani Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame in 2012, he taught at Princeton University (1997-2005) and Georgetown University (2005-2012). From 2005-2007 he served as principle Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Information Agency, Joseph Duffey. Deneen received a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on topics ranging from ancient to modern political thought, democratic theory and practice, American political thought, political theology, Catholicism and American liberalism, literature and politics. He is on several editorial boards and is series editor of two book series. He is frequently invited to lecture at universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently working on several book manuscripts, including Why Liberalism Failed.
is Assistant Professor of German Literature at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes on literary hermeneutics, the theory and methodology of Begriffsgeschichte, and modern German literature. Professor Dutt’s publications as co-author or editor include Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, Practical Philosophy (32001, co-authored with Hans-Georg Gadamer), Herausforderungen der Begriffsgeschichte (2003), Figurationen der literarischen Moderne (2007, co-edited with Roman Luckscheiter), Die Schuldfrage (2010), Gadamers Philosophische Hermeneutik und die Literaturwissenschaft (2012), Zwischen Sprache und Geschichte. Zum Werk Reinhart Kosellecks (2013, co-edited with Reinhard Laube), Erfahrene Geschichte(2013, co-authored with Reinhart Koselleck), and Karl Jaspers: Korrespondenzen. Vol. III: Politik und Universität (2015, co-edited with EikeWolgast). His current project is Zur Lyrik Gottfried Benns: Acht Interpretationen (forthcoming). Professor Dutt’s awards include a Distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professorship (2009), as well as residential fellowships at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin (2007), the Collegium Budapest (2009), the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (2011) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (2015).
Kenneth Garcia is Associate Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at the University of Notre Dame. He received his PhD in Theology from Notre Dame in 2008. His 2012 book,Academic Freedom and the Telos of the Catholic University (Palgrave Macmillan), won the award for “Best Book Published in Theology in 2012” from the College Theology Society. He has published academic articles pertaining to academic freedom and higher education in Marginalia (2015), The Journal of Academic Freedom (2014), Theological Studies (2012), and Horizons (2011).
James Heft (Marianist) is a priest in the Society of Mary and leader for over twenty years in Catholic higher education. He spent many years at the University of Dayton, serving as chair of the Theology Department for six years, Provost of the University for eight years, and then Chancellor for ten years. He left the University of Dayton in the summer of 2006 to found the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he now serves as the Alton Brooks Professor of Religion and President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. He has written and edited thirteen books and published over 175 articles and book chapters. Most recently he edited Learned Ignorance: Intellectual Humility Among Jews, Christians and Muslims (Oxford, 2011); and Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue (Oxford 2011). His book, Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities (Oxford, 2011) was listed as a “best seller” in a recent Oxford catalogue. In 2011, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities awarded him the Theodore M. Hesburgh award for his long and distinguished service to Catholic higher education. He is currently co-editing a book for Oxford, The Lógos of Love: the Promise and Predicament of Catholic Intellectuals, to be published later this Fall.
Mary Hirschfeld is assistant professor of economics and theology in the Humanities department of Villanova University. She earned her Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 1989 and her Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame in 2013. She is a fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and she serves on the Board for the Program of Catholic Social Thought at the Lumen Christi Institute. Her book, Toward a Humane Economy: Aquinas and the Modern Economy, is under contract with Harvard University Press. She has published in journals such as Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, in Faith and Economics, and in the History of Political Economy.
Don Howard is the former director and a Fellow of the University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, where he now functions as co-director of the center’s ethics of emerging technologies focus area. He holds a permanent appointment as a Professor in the Department of Philosophy. With a first degree in physics at Michigan State University, 1971, Howard went on to obtain both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University, where he specialized in philosophy of physics. Howard is an internationally recognized expert on the history and philosophy of modern physics, especially the work of Albert Einstein and Neils Bohr. He served as Assistant Editor and Contributing Editor for The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein (Princeton University Press), and is Co-Editor of the Einstein Studies series. His video/audio lecture series, Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian, is available from The Great Courses, and a collection of his essays on Einstein is in preparation for the University of Chicago Press. Howard is also the co-founder of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.
Reinhard Hütter is Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University Divinity School where he teaches dogmatic, philosophical, and moral theology ad mentem S. Thomae. He is presently the Paluch Chair in Theology at the University of Saint Mary on the Lake/Mundelein Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago (2015-16). He has served as visiting professor at the University of Jena, Germany, and as the Randall Chair of Christianity and Culture at Providence College, RI. He is co-editor of the English edition of Nova et Vetera: The International Theological Journal. He is the author and editor of numerous books, most recently Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2012) and (ed. with Matthew Levering), Ressourcement Thomism: Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments and the Moral Life (2010). He is an Ordinary Academician of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
John Inazu is associate professor of law and political science at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory. His first book, Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012), seeks to recover the role of assembly in American political and constitutional thought. His second book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2016. Inazu is the special editor of a volume on law and theology published in Law and Contemporary Problems, and his articles have appeared in a number of law reviews and specialty journals. He was previously a visiting assistant professor at Duke University School of Law and a Royster Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He clerked for Judge Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and served for four years as an associate general counsel with the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon.
Mary Ellen Konieczny received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 2005. She also has received an M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and worked in ministry and administration for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago prior to studying sociology. Her research interests revolve around religion and conflict, the family, and public politics. She has a particular interest in exploring how culture and social processes in local contexts intersect with discourse and politics in the public sphere. Her book The Spirit’s Tether: Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics (Oxford University Press 2013) is an ethnography of liberal and conservative Catholic parishes that examines how religion and family life support and shape Catholic Americans’ moral and political polarization. Her second book project, Service before Self: Organization, Cultural Conflict, and Religion at the U.S. Air Force Academy, is an organizational culture case study exploring polarization in US religion broadly.
Michael McGregor is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Portland State University and a summer writing coach for the Collegeville Institute at St. John's University in Minnesota. Fordham University Press has just published his book Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, an intimate biography of the influential experimental poet who was Thomas Merton's closest friend.
Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University. Tom did a first degree in physics and PhD (1987) in polymer physics at Cambridge University. A lectureship at Sheffield University in complex fluid physics was followed by a chair at Leeds University from 1993. He has since won several awards both in Europe (Weissenberg Medal) and the USA (Bingham Medal) for his work on molecular rheology of polymers, and ran a large collaborative and multidisciplinary research programme in this field from 1999-2009 co-funded by EPSRC and industry. His research interests include: (i) molecular rheology of polymeric fluids); (ii) macromolecular biological physics; (iii) issues of theology, ethics and history (especially medieval) of science. He has published over 180 scientific papers and reviews, and is in addition regularly involved in science-communication with the public, including lectures and workshops on science and faith. In 2014 OUP published his book Faith and Wisdom in Science. He has been a Reader (lay preacher) in the Anglican Church since 1993, in the dioceses of Ripon and York. From 2008-2014 he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham University. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He served as Vice-President of Science and Innovation in the Institute of Physics 2012-2015, and is currently chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee.
Susannah Brietz Monta is Glynn Family Honors Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Her books include Martyrdom and Literature in Early Modern England (Cambridge UP, 2005, 2009), Teaching Early Modern English Prose (MLA, 2010, co-edited with Margaret W. Ferguson), and A Fig for Fortune by Anthony Copley: A Catholic response to The Faerie Queene (forthcoming February 2016, Manchester UP). She served as editor of Religion and Literature from 2008 through 2015. She has published articles on history plays, women writers and patronesses, martyrology, devotional poetry and prose, and religion and literature methodology. Current projects include an edition of the Lives of St. Philip Howard and Anne Dacre Howard, Earl and Countess of Arundel (with Elizabeth Patton and Earle Havens) and a monograph on prayer, poetry, and repetition in the Reformation era.
Anna Bonta Moreland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University. She received her B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College. Moreland’s areas of research include faith and reason, medieval theology with an emphasis on Thomas Aquinas, the theology of religious pluralism, and comparative theology, especially between Christianity and Islam. She has written Known by Nature: Thomas Aquinas on Natural Knowledge of God (Herder & Herder, 2010), and edited New Voices in Catholic Theology (Herder & Herder, 2012). She is working on her next book project on prophecy in Christianity and Islam. Dr. Moreland is completing this work as a visiting research fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture this year.
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell teaches English at Fordham University in New York City and serves as Associate Director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. O’Donnell has published four collections of poems, Saint Sinatra, Moving House, Waking My Mother, and Lovers' Almanac, and two chapbooks MINE and Waiting for Ecstasy. Her poems have appeared in many journals and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Web Award, and the Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing. In addition, O’Donnell has recently published a memoir, Mortal Blessings, which won a first place in the Catholic Press Association Awards this past June. In May, she published a biography and introduction to the work of Flannery O’Connor, Fiction Fired by Faith. O'Donnell also writes essays on contemporary literature, often focused on the connection between faith and art and the influence of the Catholic intellectual tradition in literature. She is also a Books & Culture columnist for America magazine.
William O’Neill, S.J. is a member of the Society of Jesus and associate professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and a visiting professor at the Jesuit School of Theology, “Hekima” in Nairobi. He received his doctorate from Yale in 1988. His writings include The Ethics of Our Climate: Hermeneutics and Ethical Theory and book chapters and journal articles addressing questions of human rights, social reconciliation, restorative justice, refugee and immigration policy, and the Church and public reason. He has worked with refugees in Tanzania and Malawi and done research on human rights in South Africa and Rwanda. He likewise serves as Catholic Chaplain at the Federal Woman’s Prison in Dublin CA. His recent publications include chapters in edited volumes, and essays in journals such as Theological Studies, the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and The Journal of Political Theology.
Doug Porpora is a professor of sociology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has written widely on social theory and philosophy of science and has a new book coming out in October called Reconstructing Sociology: The Critical Realist Approach (Cambridge University Press). His more empirical work concerns the social creation of moral indifference and the failure of American public moral discourse. His books along those lines are How Holocausts Happen: The United States in Central America (Temple University Press 1980); Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life (Oxford University Press, 2001); and, most recently, Post-Ethical Society: The Iraq War, Abu Ghraib, and the Moral Failure of the Secular (Chicago University Press, 2013). He is co-editor of The Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. A practicing Catholic, Dr. Porpora has worked with NETWORK, the national lobby organization of Catholic Sisters, and has worked as well with The Institute for Advanced Catholic Study at the University of Southern California.
Barbara K. Sain received the PhD in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Her research interests include: the theology of Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar; theories of truth and knowledge; and theology and engineering.
Debora Shuger has been a PhD from Stanford and is currently the Distinguished Professor of Humanities at UCLA, where she has worked since 1989. Before that she taught at Michigan and Arkansas. Her publications include Censorship and Cultural Sensibility: The Regulation of Language in Tudor-Stuart England (2006); Political Theologies in Shakespeare's England (2001); The Renaissance Bible (1994); Habits of Thought in the English Renaissance: Religion, Politics, and the Dominant Culture (1990); and Sacred Rhetoric (1988). She edited Religion in Early Stuart England, 1603-1638, as part of the Documents of Anglophone Christianity series (2012). She is currently co-editing the Tudor England volume of the Dcoumens of Anglophone Christianity, with historian Ethan Shagan of Berkeley. She is also part of the team at UCLA setting up the first neo-Latin graduate program in United States. Finally, she is the senior warden of her parish and the choir's entire soprano section.
Thomas W. Smith is the Anne Quinn Welsh Director, University Honors Program and an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. He holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Humanities, of which he was also the founding chair. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of Notre Dame. Since joining the faculty at Villanova, he has received the Martin Manley Distinguished Teaching Award in Political Science three times and, in 2000, was awarded the University’s Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence. Author of Revaluing Ethics: Aristotle’s Dialectical Pedagogy (SUNY Press 2001), his scholarly articles on politics, education, literature, and philosophy have appeared in journals such as American Political Science Review, Review of Politics, Religion and Literature, Polis, Polity, Logos, Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, and the Journal of Politics. His teaching and scholarship focuses on the history of political thought and the intersection of faith and public life. He is currently writing on a book entitled, Faith in Politics.
Peter Steinfels is an author, educator, and journalist. Now a University Professor Emeritus at Fordham University in New York, from 1988 to 1997 he was senior religion correspondent of the New York Times, where he also wrote “Beliefs,” a biweekly column on religion, until 2010. In 2004, with Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, he founded the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, which they co-directed until 2012. Earlier he was an editor at Commonweal and worked, in the 1970s, in the field of bioethics. He is the author of The Neoconservatives (1979, reissued 2013) and A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (2003). He has been a visiting professor at Notre Dame, Georgetown, University of Dayton, and St. John’s University in New York City. He graduated from Loyola University in Chicago and holds a Ph.D. in modern European history from Columbia as well as seven honorary doctorates.
James Matthew Wilson is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he has authored dozens of essays, articles, and reviews on subjects ranging from art, ethics, and politics, to meter and poetic form, and on to the nature of truth, goodness, and beauty in the western tradition. Wilson is also a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, whose work appears regularly in such magazines and journals as First Things, Modern Age, The New Criterion, Dappled Things, Measure, The Weekly Standard, Front Porch Republic, The Raintown Review, and The American Conservative; he has published five books, including most recently, a collection of poems, Some Permanent Things and a monograph, The Catholic Imagination in Modern American Poetry (both Wiseblood Books, 2014). The Fortunes of Poetry in an Age of Unmaking (Wiseblood) will be published this December.