Carter Snead

O. Carter Snead
William P. and Hazel B. White Director
Professor of Law
Office: 424 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-9656

Professor Carter Snead joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2005 and became the director of the Center for Ethics and Culture in 2012. His principal area of research is public bioethics—the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. His scholarly works have explored issues relating to neuroethics, enhancement, stem cell research, abortion, and end-of-life decisionmaking. His articles have appeared in such publications as the New York University Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the Vanderbilt Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Quaderni Costituzionali, the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Political Science Quarterly. Professor Snead teaches law and bioethics, health law, torts, and constitutional criminal procedure. Read his full biography.

Ryan Madison

Ryan Madison
Associate Director
Concurrent Instructor of Philosophy
Office: 422 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-1167

Formerly the Center’s Myser Fellow, Professor Ryan Madison joined the Center in March 2013 from the College of St. Thomas More in Fort Worth. Prior to that, he taught philosophy for four years at the Cardinal Glennon College at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was hired by the archbishop of St. Louis (following a national search) to implement a new philosophy curriculum. He earned his B.A. from St. John’s College and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University. His work focuses on ancient philosophy, metaphysics, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, and he is currently completing a book on Aristotle and the relationship between metaphysics and theology. 



Margaret Cabaniss
Scholarly Research and Publications Program Manager
Office: 418 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-1868

Margaret Cabaniss is the publication assistant and editor for the Center for Ethics and Culture. Previously, she was the managing editor at Crisis Magazine and She graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, with a B.A. in English literature.


Tracy Westlake
Administrative Assistant
Office: 424 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-9656

Tracy Westlake, the Center’s administrative assistant, has been with Notre Dame since 1994 and joined the Center shortly after its founding in the summer of 1999. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in business education. Tracy and her husband, Chris, have two children, Eric and Susi.


Laura M. Nash
Event Planning Program Manager
Office: 414 Geddes Hall

A 2014 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Laura Nash is the Center for Ethics and Culture's Event Planning Program Manager. Upon receiving her B.A. in theology, Laura served as the Center's Medical Ethics Intern. In addition to organizing events she coordinates the Center's Pro-Life initiatives and student fellows program.