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Visiting and Postdoctoral Fellows 2008-09

John T. Agresto
2008-09 Visiting Fellow
John T. Agresto is former Acting Chancellor and Provost at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani and serves on its Board of Regents and Trustees, chairing its Academic Committee. He previously served as the Senior Advisor for Higher Education and Scientific Research for the Coalition Provisional Authority. From 1989 to 2000, Agresto served as President of St. John’s College in Santa Fe. He has published in the areas of politics, law, and education, and has taught at the University of Toronto, Kenyon College, Duke University and the New School University. In 2002-03 he was Lily Senior Research Fellow at Wabash College and in the 1980s served as both administrative and policy head of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book on the situation in Iraq, Mugged by Reality, was published by Encounter Books in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Gerard V. Bradley
2008-09 Visiting Research Scholar
Gerard V. Bradley is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Bradley is offering two undergraduate courses in the department of Politics POL 316: Civil Liberties (substituting for Professor Robert George, who is on leave) and an undergraduate seminar, POL 412: Religious Liberty in American Constitutional History.  He specializes in constitutional law as well as law and religion. From 1980 to 1981, he served as an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He is president of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and chair of the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group. Among his books are Church-State Relationships in America and the just published Religious Liberty in the American Republic. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the Cornell Law School.

Patrick J. Deneen
2008-09 Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow
Patrick J. Deneen is the Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government and Founding Director of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Odyssey of Political Theory and of Democratic Faith, and co-editor of Democracy's Literature: Politics and Fiction in America. Prior to his appointment at Georgetown University, he was on the faculty of the Politics Department at Princeton University and Special Advisor and Speechwriter to the Director of the United States Information Agency. He is currently working on two book-length projects, one entitled Another America: The Alternative Tradition in American Political Thought, and the other a study of the role of the concept of "division of labor" in the history of Western political thought. He holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Matthew J. Franck
2008-09 Visiting Fellow
Matthew J. Franck is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Radford University. He is author of Against the Imperial Judiciary: The Supreme Court vs. the Sovereignty of the People, co-editor with Richard G. Stevens of Sober As a Judge: The Supreme Court and Republican Liberty, and contributor to History of American Political Thought (Frost and Sikkenga, eds.) and The Heritage Guide to the Constitution. His work appears in numerous journals, including The Review of Politics, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Texas Review of Law and Politics, and Catholic Social Science Review. Franck was a J. William Fulbright Professor of American Studies in the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University. He is completing a book on the Supreme Court’s use of language entitled Strict Scrutiny: A Lexicon of Supreme Court Sense and Nonsense. He holds a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University.

Mark T. Mitchell
2008-09 Visiting Fellow
Mark T. Mitchell is Associate Professor of Government and Director of the Political Theory Program at Patrick Henry College. His research interests include modern and contemporary political theory, conservative political thought, the political implications of science and technology, and political themes in literature. He has published on such figures as Eric Voegelin, Michael Polanyi, Michael Oakeshott, and Flannery O’Connor and on themes including democracy, community, and tradition. He is the author of Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing and is currently writing a book on contemporary politics and culture. Additionally, he is co-editing a volume on the thought of Wendell Berry and co-editing a book entitled The Modest Republic. He holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.

Lucas E. Morel
2008-09 Garwood Visiting Fellow
Lucas E. Morel is Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is a member of the scholarly advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Vice President of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society. He is author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government and editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man”. Recent publications include “Lincoln, God, and Emancipation: A Promise Fulfilled” in Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment, “Lincoln’s Political Religion and Religious Politics” in Religion and the American Presidency, and “The Dred Scott Dissents: McLean, Curtis, Lincoln, and the Public Mind” in the Journal of Supreme Court History. Morel holds a Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School.

Vincent Phillip Munoz
2008-09 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life
Vincent Phillip Munoz is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. His recent writings have focused on the theme of religious liberty and the American Constitution. Religious Liberty and the American Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson on the Separation of Church & State is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, and he currently is completing a manuscript on the original meaning of the Constitution’s Religion Clauses. He appears on National Public Radio and Voice of America Radio and has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the matter of "Hostility to Religious Expression in the Public Square." He holds a Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School.

Jack Wade Nowlin
2008-09 Visiting Fellow (Spring 2009)
Jack Wade Nowlin is Associate Professor of Law and Jessie D. Puckett, Jr., Lecturer in Law at the University of Mississippi Law School. His book chapters have appeared in That Eminent Tribunal: Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution and Liberalism at the Crossroads and his articles have appeared in the Illinois Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Connecticut Law Review, and the Kentucky Law Journal. His research interests concern judicial power, constitutional structure, interpretive theory, and human life issues. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School.

Fabrice Paradis-Béland
Fabrice Paradis Beland is a doctoral candidate in Political Studies and Philosophy at EHESS, Paris and Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat, Munich. He has published French and English translations of German philosophical texts and authored numerous articles and reviews. This year, he will be directing a special issue of the French journal Archives de Philosophie dedicated to the thought of German philosopher Gerhard Krüger and researching the relationship between Christianity and Modernity, with a particular emphasis on the link between Christianity and the birth of the European and American nations.

Saikrishna Prakash
2008-09 Visiting Fellow (Fall 2008)
Saikrishna Prakash is Herzog Research Professor of Law at the University of San Diego Law School. He was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and a recipient of the John M. Olin Fellowship in Law, Economics and Public Policy. He clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1993 to 1994, and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1994 to 1995. He practiced law in New York for two years before going into academia. Among Prakash’s articles are "How to Remove a Federal Judge," and "The Executive Power Over Foreign Affairs," Yale Law Journal, and "Removal and Tenure" and "Delegation Really Running Riot," Virginia Law Review. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Dermot A. Quinn
2008-09 Garwood Visiting Research Scholar
Dermot A. Quinn is an historian at Seton Hall University, is the Madison Program’s Professor. Quinn is offering the lecture course, POL 332: Statesmanship: Anglo-American Theory and Practice in the Department of Politics. He specializes in British and Irish history as well as early modern intellectual history. His books include Patronage and Piety: English Roman Catholics and Politics, 1850-1900, Understanding Northern Ireland, and The Irish in New Jersey: Four Centuries of American Life. He currently is writing the sesquicentennial history of Seton Hall. He holds a B.A. from Trinity College and a D. Phil. from the University of Oxford.

Sarah L. Staszak
Sarah L. Staszak is a doctoral candidate in Politics at Brandeis University. Her dissertation, "The Politics of Judicial Retrenchment," examines the successes and failures of strategies to scale back judicial authority in the post-civil rights era. She is a former Brookings Institution Research Fellow in Governance Studies and Gordon Center for American Public Policy Graduate Fellow. Her research interests include courts and public policy, legal institutions, jurisprudence, and American political development.

David Thunder
2008-09 Postdoctoral Fellow
David Thunder has served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell University (2006-07), followed by a year of research at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton (2007-08). His research ranges over a variety of topics in contemporary moral, political and social philosophy, including public reason, liberal democratic citizenship, the morality of social roles, neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics, moral psychology, and theories of social responsibility. His work has appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes. He is currently writing a book entitled Politics from the First-Person Perspective: A Defense of Integrity in Public Life. In this book, he undertakes a vigorous defense of integrity in public life, which he argues is essential in order to defuse the enduring practical appeal of Rawlsian attempts to construct a “wall of separation” between public and private life.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

Derek A. Webb
2008-09 Postdoctoral Fellow
Derek A. Webb was the inaugural Wilson Carey McWilliams Fellow in American Politics and Political Theory at the Miller Center of Public Affairs and a pre-doctoral fellow and program administrator for the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia, where he received the Stakhonovite Award. His work has appeared Political Science and Politics, Society, Review of Politics, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, and he is co-editor with Michael Zuckert of the forthcoming Collected Writings of the Melancton Smith Circle. He currently is working on a manuscript entitled Civic Liberalism in America: Private Rights and the Public Good in Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt. Webb received his Ph.D. from Notre Dame University, where he was a Presidential Fellow.