Visiting Scholars

The Center regularly provides assistance to scholars who wish to conduct research at Notre Dame. Currently, the Center is sponsoring Gladden Pappin, Sandra Polanía-Reyes, and Fr. Jordi Pujol.

Gladden J. Pappin
Political Theory Fellow

Gladden Pappin

Gladden J. Pappin is the political theory fellow of the Center for Ethics and Culture and a research assistant professor in the department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2012. He studies modern political phenomena through the lens of political philosophy and its history. Among his chief interests are the relationship between political and ecclesiastical thought, the experience of change in the modern world, and the interplay of nature and technology. His articles and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, including Perspectives on Political Science, Modern Age, the Journal of Markets and Morality, the Intercollegiate Review, and First Things. His recent writings address the praise of innovation and novelty, the relationship of technology and modern liberty, and the changing place of the environment in modern politics. He has received fellowships from Harvard University, from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and from the Earhart Foundation. In 2004, he received a Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize at Harvard for his work on rights and the history of conciliarism. In Fall 2017, he will take a new position as assistant professor of politics at the University of Dallas.


Sandra Polanía-Reyes
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sandra Polania Reyes

Sandra Polanía-Reyes is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Economics and the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. Sandra is also a Research Associate with Corpovisionarios, a Colombian think tank focused on social innovation. She is a development economist working at the intersection of experimental and behavioral economics and prosocial behavior. Her research agenda comprises design and evaluation of effective behavioral policy interventions in developing countries. In particular, interventions that take advantage of individual preferences and community features that look for the common good and overcome collective action problems such as social dilemmas and coordination failures. Her past research includes impact evaluation of interventions that alleviate poverty. Additionally, Sandra has explored applications of experimental economics in the field, economic decision making by low-income populations that enhances efficiency of social interventions and economic development. Although her ten years of experience in conducting and analyzing large-scale economic experiments in the field reflect a strong empirical background, Sandra’s work aims to provide sound theoretical foundations to policy design.

More on Sandra Polanía-Reyes on her personal webpage and Google Scholar profile


Fr. Jordi Pujol
Visiting Research Fellow

Fr Jordi Pujol

Fr. Jordi Pujol is a Visiting Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. Fr. Pujol is from Barcelona, Spain, and has Master's degrees in Law (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, 2000) and in Moral Theology (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, 2014). He has worked with college students as a Residence Director and also as a communications consultant for non-profit organizations. He is a Ph.D candidate, working on a dissertation regarding the moral principles of freedom of expression. Since 2014 he has been an Assistant Professor of Media Ethics and Law in the School of Church Communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.


Past Visiting Scholars sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture include: