Vita Institute Faculty


Vita Institute faculty are world-renowned experts in their fields who are serious about their intellectual pursuits and passionately committed to the cause for life. These premier scholars from a variety of disciplines cover a rich array of lecture topics in theology, biology, philosophy, law, social sciences, counseling, and more.

Past Vita faculty members include:

  • Helen Alvaré, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

  • Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Professor of Biology and Theology, Providence College

  • Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, Baylor University

  • Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, M.D., M.P.H., US Agency for International Development, and Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical & Epidemiological Research, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Duke University Medical School

  • Maureen Condic, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, adjunct appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, and Director for Human Embryology in the School of Medicine, University of Utah

  • Kim Daniels, Vatican Secretariat for Communications

  • Lydia Dugdale, M.D., Associate Director and Associate Professor for Biomedical Ethics, Co-Director of the Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion, Yale University

  • Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities (Retired), United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • Rev. Kevin Fitzgerald, S.J., Dr. David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the Center for Clinical Bioethics & Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center

  • Rev. Kevin Flannery, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University

  • Sherif Girgis, Research Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute

  • Rev. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

  • William Hurlbut, M.D., Consulting Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford Medical School

  • Rev. John Paul Kimes, Notre Dame Law School, formerly Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

  • Colleen Malloy, M.D., Neonatologist and perinatal hospice care, Northwestern University

  • Gilbert Meilaender, Senior Research Professor, Valparaiso University

  • Michael New, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Busch School of Business, Catholic University of America

  • Mary O'Callaghan, University of Notre Dame

  • Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, and director of the Under Caesar's Sword research project

  • Jacqueline Rivers, Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy of the J.F. Kennedy School of Government School at Harvard University, Graduate Research Fellow of the National Science Foundation, and Executive Director of the Seymour Institute on Black Church and Policy Studies

  • Katie Shaw, Self-advocate

  • Rev. Michael Sherwin, O.P., Professor and Chair of Fundamental Moral Theology, University of Fribourg

  • O. Carter Snead, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School, and director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

  • David Solomon, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

  • Suzy Younger, M.S., C.F.C.P. FertilityCare practitioner

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