Brian Barbour, Ph.D.

Brian Barbour is Professor Emeritus of English at Providence College where he was for many years Director of The Development of Western Civilization Program. He has also been a Visiting Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. Barbour has edited four books and written articles on a wide range of authors, including Benjamin Franklin, Wordsworth, Poe, Emerson, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Stevens, Eliot, Lewis, Solzhenitsyn, and Flannery O’Connor. He was born in Lorain, Ohio, and now lives with his wife in Smithfield, R.I.

Fr. Cajetan Cuddy, O.P.

Fr. Cajetan Cuddy, O.P., is a priest of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. He received the Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), and Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) degrees from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He is preparing for doctoral studies in theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Fr. Cuddy has written for a variety of Catholic and theological publications including MAGNIFICAT and Nova et Vetera.

John M. DeJak, J.D.

John DeJak is Director of Institutional Advancement at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He practiced law and served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division prior to being named the founding Headmaster of two private high schools in the Twin Cities area: Chesterton Academy and Holy Spirit Academy. He has taught Latin, Greek, literature, government, and theology in high schools in Chicago, Cleveland, and the Twin Cities.  Recently he co-edited With God in America: Selections from the Writings of Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.  (forthcoming from Loyola Press).  His articles have appeared in Chronicles, The Bellarmine Forum Magazine, Gilbert Magazine, The Distributist Review, and The St. Austin Review. He and his wife Ann and their eight children live in Saline, Michigan.

Bruce P. Frohnen, Ph.D.

Bruce Frohnen is Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law, where he was the 2015 recipient of the Fowler V. Harper Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship. He has served as Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Jurisprudence at Colgate University, Thomas Bahnson and Anne Bassett Stanley Professor of Ethics and Integrity at the Virginia Military Institute, Visiting Scholar with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Legislative Aide to United States Senator Spencer Abraham. His co-edited volume American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia was the subject of a front page article in the New York Times. Two of his recent volumes, The American Nation: Primary Sources and Rethinking Rights (with Kenneth Grasso) were named Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. His articles have appeared in journals including the George Washington Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and American Journal of Jurisprudence. His research interests focus on constitutionalism, the history and proper grounding of human rights, and contemporary issues of religious liberty. He holds a JD from the Emory University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. His latest book, Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law (written with the late George W. Carey of Georgetown University) will be published in June, 2016 by Harvard University Press.

Kenneth L. Grasso, Ph.D.

Ken Grasso is chair of the Department of Political Science at Texas State University. He has written extensively on Catholic social thought, religion and politics, and democratic theory, with his work appearing in journals including The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, Modern Age, First Things, and The Review of Politics. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Catholic Social Science Review and the Executive Editorial Board of The Journal of Markets & Morality, and has co-edited several books including Catholicism, Liberalism and Communitarianism, Catholicism and Religious Freedom, and Rethinking Rights: Historical, Political, and Philosophical Perspectives. He currently serves as First Vice-President of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and in 2011 received the Society’s “Pius XI Award for Contributions to the Building Up of an Authentic Catholic Social Science.”

Daniel Hammond, Ph.D.

Dan Hammond is Hultquist Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, Wake Forest University. His research is in intellectual history. He served as President of the History of Economics Society in 2001–2002 and is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Professor Hammond’s publications include “Religion and the Foundation of Liberalism: The Case of the Mont Pelerin Society,” in Modern Age, and “Paul Samuelson on Public Goods: The Road to Nihilism,” in History of Political Economy. He is collaborating in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Fr. Simon Harkins F.S.S.P


Fr. Simon Harkins was born in Glasgow, Scotland, where, after attending St. Thomas of Aquinas High School, he graduated from Napier University with a degree in Civil Engineering. After working in his chosen field for ten years, Fr. Harkins joined the Fraternity of St Peter at their English-speaking seminary in Denton, Nebraska, in 2003. Fr. Harkins was ordained by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, on 22 May 2010. Following ordination he was first assigned as Chaplain to the Fraternity’s Liberal arts school, St Gregory's Academy, where he taught English and Religion before taking up new duties as Assistant Pastor of The North American Martyrs parish in Seattle and then of All Saints parish in Minneapolis. In July he was assigned to North American District Headquarters in Elmhurst, Pennsylvania, where he serves as District Bursar and Secretary to the District Superior. An avid reader, Fr. Harkins is delighted to join the advisory board of Cluny Media.

Annette Y. Kirk

Annette Kirk is president of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, publisher of the cultural quarterly The University Bookman, and director of the Wilbur Foundation Residential Fellows Program. She served on the National Commission on Excellence in Education under President Ronald Reagan where she was a voice for the essential role of parents in their children’s upbringing and education. During her thirty year marriage to the late Dr. Russell Kirk, she raised four daughters, served as his lecture agent, joined him in delivering numerous lectures and hosting many seminars at their home in Mecosta, Michigan, founded the Mecosta County Council for the Arts, restored a one-room schoolhouse, and served as Chairman of the Mecosta County Board of Social Services.

Janet Holl Madigan, Ph.D.

Janet Holl Madigan is a Lecturer at Princeton University, a homeschooling mother of five, and the author of Truth, Politics, and Universal Human Rights (Palgrave: 2007).  She has previously taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and Northeastern University, and holds a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Maryland.

Stephen Mirarchi, Ph.D.

Stephen Mirarchi (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is Assistant Professor of English at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. His articles have appeared in journals like The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Christianity & Literature, Religion & the Arts, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Dappled Things, Seminary Journal, and the St. Austin Review; in a critical edition of Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage; and in newspapers and magazines like the Boston Globe, National Catholic Register, Crisis, and others. He has received several awards or honors for his teaching and his public speaking. Before teaching at the college level, he was an internationally syndicated assignment photographer, a professional musician, and a baritone for the St. Louis Cathedral Choir and Schola. He continues to cantor for St. Benedict’s parish in Atchison.

Jeffrey O. Nelson, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Nelson is Executive Vice President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Former President of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, he serves on the board of trustees of the G.K. Chesterton Institute and Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has edited several books, including The Political Principles of Robert Taft, by Russell Kirk and James McClellan, Perfect Sowing, by Henry Regnery, and Remembered Past, by John Lukacs.

Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo

Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo is a priest of the Dominican Province of the Holy Name, in the Western United States. He holds a BS in applied physics from Caltech, an MS in electrical engineering from UC San Diego, an MA philosophy and an MDiv from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. He is currently studying towards a PhD in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

Mark Shiffman, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Shiffman is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University, specializing in philosophy, political theory, and classical studies. He received his BA from St. John’s College (Annapolis) and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Brooklyn College, and the University of Notre Dame. He was involved in the founding of the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago and serves on the editorial board of Communio: International Catholic Review. He is the translator of Aristotle’s De Anima (Hackett/Focus) and Descartes’ Rules for Directing the Power of the Mind (Saint Augustine’s). Dr. Shiffman lives in Philadelphia with his wife Cristina and sons Bruno and Elio.

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

Fr. Thomas Joseph White is a Dominican priest, who lives and teaches at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Originally a native of southeastern Georgia, Fr. White studied at Brown University. He converted to Catholicism his senior year, influenced by reading Flannery O'Connor, Aristotle, Newman, Balthasar, and John Paul II. He did his doctoral studies at Oxford University where his research focused on Aquinas' metaphysics and arguments for the existence of God. Fr. White is the author of various books and articles including Wisdom in the Face of Modernity, A Thomistic Study in Natural Theology (Sapientia Press, 2009, second edition 2016), The Incarnate Lord, A Thomistic Study in Christology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2015) and Exodus (Brazos Press, 2016).