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2015-16 Visiting Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Associates

Joseph Brutto, 2015-16 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate, holds a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation on “The Many Faces of Aristotle: Neo-Aristotelianism and Contemporary Political Theory” catalogues and critically analyzes the work of a number of contemporary political theorists heavily influenced by Aristotle. He received his B.A. in political science and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 and his M.A. in political science from Notre Dame in 2011. Beginning with the spring semester 2013, he has designed and taught a course entitled “Political and Constitutional Theory: Ancient and Modern” for the Program of Liberal Studies at Notre Dame. He has previously worked as the editorial intern for the academic journal American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture. He is also an article referee for Review of Politics and currently serves as the book review editor for American Political Thought.

María Bueno, 2015-2016 Visiting Fellow, is Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the Austral University in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she has taught since 2002. She also taught Philosophy of Law at the Catholic University of Asunción in Paraguay. Her areas of interest are reason and natural law, consequentialism, Aristotle’s ethics and politics, the relationship between virtue and citizenry, and the history of political thought. She received her J.D. in Law at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and she earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Navarra, Spain in 2011. Her dissertation was on “The Good Man and the Good Citizen in Aristotle.”

Juan Pablo Couyoumdjian, 2015-16 Visiting Fellow, is Associate Professor at the School of Government and the School of Economics and Business at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile. His research areas include Political Economy, Economic History, and the History of Economics. He has published in journals in economics, politics, and economic history. His most recent edited volume was entitled Reformas Económicas e Instituciones Políticas: La experiencia de la Misión Klein-Saks en Chile. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chile, and a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.

Charles R. Drummond, IV, 2015-16 Garwood Postdoctoral Research Associate, is currently finishing a Ph.D. in history at the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, he has organized seminars and symposia and has taught courses on British political history and the history of political thought. His dissertation, sponsored by the Cambridge Overseas Trust, is entitled “Political Thinking and Military Power in Later Stuart Britain, 1660-1701.” Recently, Drummond’s research has shifted forward into the eighteenth century and westward towards colonial America. He is working on a project on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The resulting monograph will connect patterns of republican political thought in the early modern British Atlantic to the “original meaning” of this most controversial of amendments. Drummond, who hails from Plymouth, Michigan, earned an M.Phil. in early modern European history at the University of Cambridge in 2010 as an Eben Fiske Scholar. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2009 and did research for his senior thesis at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has worked in private equity in London and as an aide for state and federal political campaigns in the U.S. In addition, he has held internships in Washington, D.C. relating to human rights, law, and national security.

Peter S. Field, 2015-16 Garwood Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow, is Associate Professor of American History at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. A winner of both the highest university and student-selected teaching awards, he currently serves as associate head of the School of Humanities and Creative Arts. After graduating from Columbia University, he held research posts at Yale, Princeton, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. In 2009-10 he was a Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Institutions and Ideals at Princeton University. The author of several books, including Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Making of a Democratic Intellectual and The Crisis of the Standing Order, he has recently completed a survey of American History entitled The Promise and Paradox of American Freedom. As the Madison Program’s Garwood Teaching Fellow for Fall 2015, Professor Field will be teaching POL 332: Topics In American Statesmanship – American Statesmanship and Symbolism. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.

Christopher R. Green ‘94, Fall 2015 Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow, is an Associate Professor of Law and the H.L.A. Hart Scholar in Law and Philosophy at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Equal Citizenship, Civil Rights and the Constitution: The Original Sense of the Privileges or Immunities Clause (Routledge, 2015), and his work on the Equal Protection Clause was cited by Justice John Paul Stevens in McDonald v. Chicago. As the Ann and Herbert Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program, he will work on mental reservations, the ethics of oath-keeping as a foundation for constitutional obligation, and the legitimacy of the Fourteenth Amendment. He received an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude), a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Maria Maddalena Giungi, 2015-16 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate, holds a Ph.D. in Public Law from the University of Milan. In 2007 and 2009, she completed a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Moral Philosophy and Ethics at the Catholic University of Milan. She was visiting scholar at Notre Dame Law School in 2008, under the supervision of Professor Paolo Carozza; and in 2013, under the supervision of Professor Carter Sneed. In 2014-2015 she was visiting doctoral student at the Oxford Law Faculty (Michaelmas Term 2014), where she completed her doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Professor Paul Yowell. Her dissertation focused on fundamental rights protection within the European Union constitutional system, with special reference to the EU Fundamental Rights Agency - i.e. a monitoring agency created to assist the EU institutions in their policy making activities, and to reinforce a common awareness of fundamental rights as general values of the EU. Her current research interests are focused on three areas: EU fundamental rights protection and constitutionalization, the legal concept of human dignity, and legal issues related to surrogacy practices. Her postdoctoral project extends her doctoral research focusing on the EU strategies for the creation of a common culture of fundamental rights and values in comparison with other constitutional systems.

Daniel I. Mark ’03 *13, 2015-16 Visiting Fellow, is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University. Appointed by Speaker John Boehner, Mark also serves on the nine-member, bipartisan US Commission on International Religious Freedom. He is Associate Editor of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, and he is a fellow of the Witherspoon Institute. At Villanova, he is a faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, and he is affiliated with the Navy ROTC program. He works with the Tikvah Fund in New York and has taught at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. He holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D from the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where he wrote his dissertation under Professor Robert P. George.

Dwight Newman, 2015-16 Visiting Fellow, is Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to entering a faculty role, he clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada, worked for non-governmental organizations in South Africa and Hong Kong, and for the Canadian Department of Justice. He is a member of the Ontario and Saskatchewan bars. He has published on various topics related to constitutional law, Indigenous rights (both broader theory work on collective rights and as related to natural resource development), and other topics. While at Princeton, he will be working on a project on “Conservatism and Indigenous Rights.” He completed his graduate studies at Oxford University.

Russell J. Snell, 2015-16 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life, is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University, where he teaches in the Templeton Honors College and is Executive Director of the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good. His research interests include the Great Books, liberal education, Bernard Lonergan, Charles Taylor, natural law theory, and contemporary Thomism, especially Thomistic personalism and the turn to subjectivity. His books include Through a Glass Darkly: Bernard Lonergan and Richard Rorty on Knowing without a God's-Eye View, Authentic Cosmopolitanism: Love, Sin, and Grace in the Christian University (with Steve Cone), The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode, and, most recently Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire. He is editing, with Steve McGuire, Subjectivity: Ancient and Modern. During his fellowship year he'll be working on 'Too Many Thomisms': Engaged Agency and the Moral Perspective, exploring the role of modernity and the turn to the subject found in quite distinct contemporary thinkers, including broadly Thomistic thinkers, such as Bernard Lonergan, John Paul II, Martin Rhonheimer, John Finnis, Robert Spaemann, and Angelo Scola. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Marquette University.

Karen Taliaferro, 2015-16 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate, holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Georgetown University. Her dissertation was on “The Possibility of Religious Freedom: Unwritten Law in Pagan, Islamic, and Christian Traditions.” She was most recently a Research Fellow at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar. Her work focuses on political philosophical approaches to law, religion and human rights, with a particular interest in Islam. Prior to her graduate studies at Georgetown University, Karen was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco and a Fellow at the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society and Law. She was a recipient of a National Security Educational Program Boren Fellowship for Arabic language studies and field research on human rights curriculum in Morocco. A graduate of Marquette University, Karen has also studied at the Université Catholique de Lyon and Northwestern University.

Andrew M. Yuengert, 2015-16 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life, is the Blanche Seaver Professor of Social Science and Professor of Economics at Pepperdine University. He arrived at Pepperdine in 1994 from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Professor Yuengert has made research contributions across several fields: economic philosophy, Catholic social thought, labor economics, and finance. He is a former President of the Association of Christian Economists, and was editor of its journal, Faith & Economics. He is the author of three books: The Boundaries of Technique, Inhabiting the Land, and most recently Approximating Prudence: Aristotelian Practical Wisdom and Economic Theories of Choice. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia (1983) and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University (1990).