Visiting Research Fellows

Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow

Michael Moreland, Villanova University School of Law


Michael Moreland joined the Villanova faculty in 2006 and became vice dean in 2012, in which capacity he oversees academic affairs, admissions and financial aid, career strategy, administration (including communications, human resources, and facilities management), and faculty research.

Professor Moreland received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. and Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. His scholarly interests focus on torts, bioethics, and law and religion. At Villanova, he has taught Torts, Evidence, Bioethics and the Law, Advanced Torts, Constitutional Law II (First Amendment and Equal Protection), Justice and Rights (1L elective), and seminars in law and religion. Following law school, Professor Moreland clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he represented clients in First Amendment, professional liability, and products liability matters. Before coming to Villanova, he served as associate director for Domestic Policy at the White House under President George W. Bush, where he worked on a range of legal policy issues, including criminal justice, immigration, civil rights, and liability reform.

During academic year 2010–11, Professor Moreland was the Forbes Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. During 2013–15, he was the project leader for the Libertas Project, a program at Villanova sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation exploring religious and economic freedom in the context of law and religion in American public life.

Past Remick Fellows

Myser Fellow

Anna Bonta Moreland, Villanova University


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.  

Professor 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). During her fellowship with the Center for Ethics and Culture, she will complete work on her next book project on prophecy in Christianity and Islam.


Past Myser Fellows

Past Visiting Research Fellows

Fra' John Eidinow


Fra Eidinow

Fra John Eidinow has been the Director of Studies in Classics at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford, since 2003 and a Fellow of the Hall since 2004. He came to Oxford in 1986 to read Classics at Merton College. He was appointed to a lecturership in Classics at Merton and was later also elected a Bodley Fellow. At St. Benet’s, he teaches all the Latin language and literature papers for Mods and a number of the Latin literature papers in Greats. Fra' Eidinow's research interests are in Latin literature, particularly poetry, of the Republic and early principate. He has written about Horace, Ovid, and Virgil, and is particularly interested in the ways in which poetry interacts with, uses, and reflects aspects of Roman social, political, and literary culture. Currently, Fra' Eidinow is examining two of Horace’s Odes, reading one in the context of Roman agricultural practices, the other in the light of memories of the Civil War. He is Honorary Secretary of the Horatian Society and a member of the Council of the Classical Association. He is also a professed brother (a Knight of Justice) in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta.


Rev. Dave Heney


Rev. Dave Heney has served as a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 1978 and holds a master's degree in counseling from the University of Southern California. He served for 20 years on the governing board of Behavioral Health Center, Psychiatric Hospital, in Alhambra, and for 2 years was the development director for St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. In 2002, he founded the University Series, a multi-parish adult education program during the season of Lent that attracts over 10,000 attendees each year. Father Heney is the author of Motivating Your Parish to Change and Don't Tell Me What to Do!: A Catholic Understanding of Modern Moral Issues. He is currently at work on two practical manuals for priests on parish leadership and adult education.


Bharat Ranganathan


Bharat Ranganathan received his Ph.D. in religious studies in 2014 from Indiana University, where his dissertation work explored our obligations to those in extreme poverty. He also holds an MTS in religion, ethics, and politics from Harvard Divinity School, as well as a B.A. in political science from Case Western Reserve University. In the 2013-14 academic year, he was a fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. His work has appeared in the Journal of Religious Ethics, and his research and teaching interests include Christian ethics, moral and political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.



Ambassador Maurizio Zanini


Ambassador Maurizio Zanini is the former Italian ambassador to Ireland and Bolivia. He received his Ph.D. in law from the University of Rome and served in the Italian Diplomatic Service for 39 years. During that time, he served as consul general in Hamburg and as the first counsellor at the Italian embassy in Washington, D.C., among many other posts. Ambassador Zanini was a lieutenant in the Italian Air Force and was awarded the distinction of “Commendatore” in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest ranking honor and most senior order of the Republic. Recently he has conducted a series of lessons on Italian history and social and political movements at the University for Foreigners in Siena. He is also the author of a book of interviews with Rev. Andrea Forest, the founder of the Sant’Antimo Abbey in Tuscany.