O. Carter Snead
William P. and Hazel B. White Director
Professor of Law
Concurrent Professor of Political Science
Office: 424 Geddes Hall
Professor Carter Snead is the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture, Professor of Law in the Law School, and Concurrent Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Snead is one of the world’s leading experts on public bioethics – the governance of science, medicine, and technology in the name of ethical goods. He has published over forty journal articles, book chapters, and essays on abortion, embryo research, neuroethics, assisted reproduction, end of life decision-making, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. 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, the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Political Science Quarterly. He is the editor of two book series with the University of Notre Dame Press, including “Catholic Ideas for a Secular World.”
He has advised officials in all three branches of the federal government on matters of public bioethics. He served as General Counsel to President Bush’s Council on Bioethics (chaired by Leon R. Kass). He led the U.S. delegation to UNESCO and was its chief negotiator for bioethics-related treaties and conventions from 2003-2005. He also served as the U.S. Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on Bioethics from 2006-08. In 2016, he was appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life, which advises the Pope on culture of life issues. Read his full biography.
Laura M. Nash
Associate Director for Operations
Office: 416 Geddes Hall
A 2014 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Laura Nash is the Associate Director for Operations. She manages the Center's day-to-day operations and finances, executes strategic planning, oversees the staff, and ensures that Center initiatives operate at the highest level. She previously served as the Center's Events Planning Program Manager and as the Medical Ethics Intern. She is currently pursuing an executive master in nonprofit administration through the Mendoza College of Business.
Scholarly Research and Publications Program Manager
Office: 416 Geddes Hall
Margaret Cabaniss is the scholarly research and publications program manager for the Center for Ethics and Culture. Previously, she was the managing editor at Crisis Magazine and InsideCatholic.com. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, with a B.A. in English literature.
Rev. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C.
Office: 432 Geddes Hall
Reverend Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C. is chaplain to the Center for Ethics and Culture. A native of Baltimore, Father Terry joined the Congregation of Holy Cross after earning a B.S. in biology from Notre Dame and an M.S. in biology from Virginia Tech. He was ordained in 2000 and received his Ph.D in theology from the Catholic University of America in 2012. Father Terry teaches the course "Science, Theology, and Creation" to undergraduates and is the Assistant Director of Life Sciences Research and Outreach at the ND Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing. His latest book is Man of God: Lessons to Young Men About Life, Sex, Friendship, Vocation, and Loving with the Heart of Christ (2017).
Office: 418 Geddes Hall
Ken Hallenius is the communications specialist for the Center for Ethics and Culture, handling the CEC's public relations, social media engagement, website, and donor relations. He joined the staff in March 2016 after 15 years at the University of Portland, where he worked in alumni relations and residence life. He holds an M.A. in pastoral ministry from the University of Portland and a B.A. in philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. In addition to his work at the Center, he co-hosts Living Stones, a weekly radio conversation about the Catholic faith on Mater Dei Radio.
Concurrent Instructor of Philosophy and Program of Liberal Studies
Office: 422 Geddes Hall
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.
Director of the Jacques Maritain Center
Office: 429 Geddes Hall
John O'Callaghan is an associate professor of philosophy and the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He is a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. O'Callaghan is a past President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. His areas of scholarly interest include Medieval Philosophy, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, and Thomistic Metaphysics and Ethics. He is the author of the book Thomistic Realism and The Linguistic Turn: Toward a More Perfect Form of Existence (2003, republished 2016), and has published more than twenty scholarly papers and book chapters. In 2016, he presented a paper at the "Disability and the Face of Mercy" conference sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy hosted at the Vatican.
Director of the Under Caesar's Sword Research Project
Office: 2077 Jenkins Nanovic Hall
Daniel Philpott (Ph.D. Harvard, 1996) pursues interests in international relations, political philosophy, and peace studies. His research focuses on reconciliation in politics. His latest book, Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (2012), derives from theological and philosophical roots an ethic of reconciliation that offers concrete guidelines to political orders facing pasts of authoritarianism, civil war, and genocide. On the same topic, Philpott has edited The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Reconciliation, and Transitional Justice (2006). He also directs a research program on religion and reconciliation at the Kroc Institute. Professor Philpott also specializes in religion and global politics. With Monica Duffy Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah, he is author of God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (2011). He has completed a book manuscript, Religious Freedom in Islam? Intervening in a Culture War, which is now under review. He is co-director of the Under Caesar’s Sword project, which researches Christian responses to persecution around the globe and is funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. Since 2011, he has been an Associate Scholar of what is now the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, D.C.
Office: 424 Geddes Hall
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.