Visiting Research Fellows
Permanent Fellows in Residence
Rev. John Paul Kimes, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Rev. John Paul Kimes is the Raymond of Peñafort Fellow in Canon Law at the Center for Ethics and Culture. He was ordained a priest in the eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles in 2000 and currently serves at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an S.T.B. in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a Ph.D. in canon law from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. His recent publications include articles on the canonical situation of Eastern Catholics in the multi-Church context of the United States, implications of the norms of Anglicanorum Coetibus on the Eastern Catholic Churches, and various aspects of the work of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, particularly on the application of the norms of Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela.
Visiting Research Fellows
The Center regularly provides assistance to scholars who wish to conduct research at Notre Dame. In 2017-18, the Center is hosting visiting scholars David Bentley Hart, James Hankins, Daniel Mark, and Sandra Polanía-Reyes.
David Bentley Hart
David Hart’s most recent appointment is as the visiting Danforth chair of St. Louis University; he has also held positions at The University of Virginia, Duke University, and Providence College. His specialties are philosophical theology, systematics, patristics, classical and continental philosophy, and Asian religion. His most recent work has concerned the genealogy of classical and Christian metaphysics, ontology, the metaphysics of the soul, and the philosophy of mind. Hart’s principal scholarly books are The Beauty of the Infinite (2003); The Doors of the Sea (2005); In the Aftermath (2007); Atheist Delusions (2009); and The Experience of God (2013). He has also published a popular history of Christianity (2007), a volume of short stories, and over 150 articles in such scholarly journals as Modern Theology, The Scottish Journal of Theology, and Pro Ecclesia, as well as in such trade publications as The Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal, First Things, and Commonweal.
James Hankins is a professor of Renaissance intellectual history at Harvard University. His main research interests are the history of Renaissance political thought, the history of philosophy, and the history of the classical tradition. He is the Founder and General Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library (Harvard University Press) and Associate Editor of the Catalogus Translationum and Commentariorum (Union Academique Internationale). He is currently finishing a monograph entitled, The Virtue Politics of the Italian Humanists.
Daniel Mark teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion at Villanova University. Since 2014 he has also served as a member of the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State and Congress. He was elected Vice Chairman of the Commission in 2016. Dr. Mark is a faculty associate of Villanova’s Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good and holds the rank of battalion professor for the University’s Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) unit. In addition, he has been a mentor in Villanova’s Faith and Learning Scholars Program and serves on the Graduate Committee of the Department of Political Science and the steering committee of Villanova’s new Political Theology Project. Dr. Mark has been quoted in major news outlets including CNN, the Associated Press and National Catholic Reporter.
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
Past Visiting Research Fellows sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture include:
- Edwin Bagley, Wingate University
- Jeffrey Bishop, Saint Louis University
- David Holley, University of Southern Mississippi
- Kevin McDonnell, Saint Mary’s College (Emeritus)
- Fr. Jordi Pujol, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross