Meet the Fellows

Author: Angela Bermudez

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is proud to introduce its 2012-2013 fellows:

This year's Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow is Margaret Brinig. Margaret “Peg” Brinig is the quintessential interdisciplinarian, melding her expertise with law and social science in empirical studies of families, social capital, and social welfare legislation. Prof. Brinig is best known for her expertise in family law. She sits on the executive council of the International Society of Family Law, and recently published Family, Law, and Community: Supporting the Covenant (University of Chicago Press, 2010), which offers a distinctive study of legal reform from the perspective of family dynamics and social policy. The book examines a range of subjects of current legal interest including cohabitation, custody, grandparent visitation, and domestic violence. She concludes that conventional legal systems and the social programs they engender ignore social capital: the trust and support given to families by a community. The Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of Mary Ann Remick, one of the Center’s most loyal friends and benefactors.

This year’s Myser Fellow is Ryan Madison. Professor Madison comes to the Center from the College of St. Thomas More in Fort Worth. His work focuses on ancient philosophy, metaphysics, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Prior to that, Professor Madison 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 re-design the entire Philosophy curriculum.  Professor Madison is well known for his excellence in teaching. He earned his B.A. from St. John’s College and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University. Professor Madison will spend his year at the Center completing a book on Aristotle and the relationship between metaphysics and theology. The Myser Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Myser Foundation.

In addition to the Remick and Myser fellows, the Center is proud to introduce Fr. William Dailey, CSC, as the Center's new Thomas More Fellow. Fr. Dailey is a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and serves at Notre Dame Law School as a Visiting Associate Professor. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where his thesis on Charles Sanders Pierce was honored as the Most Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis. After teaching Philosophy and working in Administration at the University of Portland, Fr. Dailey attended Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He served as a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then practiced law in Washington, D.C. with Wiley Rein LLP. In 2009, he returned to Columbia Law School as a Visiting Scholar. Fr. Dailey’s teaching and scholarly interests are in the areas of professional responsibility, jurisprudence, evidence and immigration.