Our director, fellows, and affiliated scholars publish cutting-edge research, including the Center’s book series with the University of Notre Dame Press, which features first-rate scholarship that brings a distinctive voice to the most important conversations in elite academia.

We currently have two open book series with Notre Dame Press: Catholic Ideas for a Secular World and Notre Dame Studies in Medical Ethics.


Recent Publications

From Center Director O. Carter Snead

RFRA post-Hobby Lobby: what now?” SCOTUSblog, July 3, 2014 (invited essay in online academic symposium).

“Autonomy and Individual Responsibility,” with Kelli Mulder-Westrate, Compendium of Global Bioethics, eds. Henk ten Have & Berd Gordijn (Springer 2014).

“Human Dignity in U.S. Law,” The Cambridge University Press Handbook on Human Dignity, ed. Roger Brownsword (Cambridge University Press 2014) (peer reviewed).

“Human Dignity in American Public Bioethics,” Human Dignity in Bioethics: From Worldviews to the Public Square, eds. Stephen C. Dilley & Nathan J. Palpant (Routledge 2013) (invited contribution) (peer reviewed).

Cline vs. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice: Once More unto the Breach,” SCOTUSblog, September 16, 2013 (invited essay in online academic symposium).

“On the Patentability of Genetic Resources,” with Joseph Ganahl. White paper prepared at the request of the Diplomatic Corps of the Holy See (July 2013).

The Constitutionality of Protecting Unborn Babies at 20 Weeks,” Public Discourse, July 9, 2013 (invited essay).

Una Costituzione Bioetica?”, Il Sole 24 Ore, January 13, 2013.

Obama's Freedom Deficit,” First Things, March 2012 (invited essay).

Planned Parenthood’s Hostages,” with Robert P. George, Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2012.

From Associated Scholars

Gary Anderson

“Forgive us Our Debts,” in Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and Richard J. Clifford, S.J.: Opportunity for No Little Instruction, eds. Christopher G. Frechette, Christopher R. Matthews, and Thomas G. Stegman, S.J. (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014), 56–67.

“The Cosmic Mountain: Eden and Its Early Interpreters in Syriac Christianity,” in Cult and Cosmos: Tilting Toward a Temple– Centered Theology, ed. L. Michael Morales (Leuven: Peeters, 2014), 367–88.

“‘Through Those Who Are Near To Me, I Will Show Myself Holy’: Nadab and Abihu and Apophatic Theology,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 77 (2015), 1–19.

“King David and the Psalms of Imprecation,” in The Harp of Prophecy: Early Christian Interpretation of the Psalms, eds. B. Daley, S.J., and P. Kolbet (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015), 29–46.

Ann Astell

“Retooling the Instruments of Christ’s Passion: Memorial Technai, St. Thomas the Twin, and British Library Additional MS. 22029,” in The Arma Christ in Medieval and Early Modern Culture: Objects, Representations, and Devotional Practice, eds. Lisa H. Cooper and Andrea Denny– Brown (Aldershot, England: Ashgate Press, 2014), 171–202.

“The Prioress’s Prologue to Her Passionate Tale: Psalm 8:2, Matthew 21:16, and Jesus’ Prophecy of Singing Stones,” in Interpretation and Performance: Essays in Honor of Alan T. Gaylord, eds. Elise Morse– Gagne and Susan Yager (Provo, UT: The Chaucer Studio Press, 2013).

Margaret Brinig

“Abuse, Adoption, and Attention Deficit Disorder,” in Parents and Children in a Narrowing World, eds. Isabella Ferrari and Maria Donata Panforti (2014), 53–69.

“Grandparents and Accessory Dwelling Units: Preserving Intimacy and Independence,” The Elder Law Journal 22, 381–98 (2015).

“The Effects of Hollingsworth and Windsor on Family Law,” Elon Law Review 6, 499–509 (2014).

William Evans

“Income and Health: Evidence from the EITC Expansions,” with Craig Carthwaite, in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 6:2 (2014), 258–90.

John Finnis

“Law as Fact and as Reason for Action: A Response to Robert Alexy on Law’s ‘Ideal Dimension’,” American Journal of Jurisprudence 59:1 (2014), 85–109.

“What Is Philosophy of Law?,” American Journal of Jurisprudence 59:2 (2014), 133– 42.

“Freedom, Benefit and Understanding: Reflections on Laurence Claus’s Critique of Authority,” San Diego Law Review 52 (2014), 893–920.

“A British ‘Convention Right’ to Assistance in Suicide?,” Law Quarterly Review 131 (2015), 1–8.

Kevin Flannery and Maureen Condic

“A Contemporary Aristotelian Embryology,” Nova et Vetera 12 (2014), 495–508.

Nicole Garnett (with Margaret Brinig)

Lost Classrooms, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014).

“Perspectives on Joint Custody Parenting as Applied to Domestic Violence Cases,” with Leslie Drozl and Loretta Frederick, Family Court Review 52, 271–281 (2014). 

Accessory Dwelling Unit Reforms: Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts?,” 37 Planning & Zoning Law Reports 3 (2014).

Brad Gregory

“The Radical Reformation,” in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation, ed. Peter Marshall (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 155–51.

“The Inescapability of ‘Church History’ in the History of Christianity,” Church History 83:4 (2014), 997–1002.

“Why the Academy Needs Theological Discourse,” Academic Questions 27:4 (2014), 389–94.

“Christian Ideas in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries,” Journal of the History of Ideas 75:4 (2014), 667–75.

Kristine Kalanges

“Sharia and Modernity,” in Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law, eds. Peri Bearman and Ruud Peters (Ashgate, 2014).

Sean Kelsey

“Empty Words,” in Theory and Practice in Aristotle’s Natural Science, ed. D. Ebrey (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2015.

“Comments on Michael Shaw,” in Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 29 (2014), 107–110.

John Keown

"A Right to Voluntary Euthanasia? Confusion in Canada in Carter," Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 28 (2014), 1-45.

Mary Keys

"Why Justice is Not Enough: Mercy, Love-Caritas, and the Common Good," The Common Good: Chinese and American Perspectives, eds. David Solomon and P.C. Lo (New York: Springer, 2014).

Mary Ellen Konieczny

“‘Hidden in Plain Sight’: The Significance of Religion and Spirituality in Secular Organizations,” Sociology of Religion 75:4 (2014), 551–63.

Gerald McKenny

Darwin in the Twenty–first Century: Nature, Humanity, and God, eds. with Phillip R. Sloan and Kathleen K. Eggleson (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).

“Freed by God for God: Human Agency in Karl Barth’s Evangelical Theology and Other Late Writings,” in Karl Barth in America: The 50th Anniversary of Barth’s Evangelical Theology, eds. Bruce McCormack and Clifford Anderson (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015), 119–38.

“Karl Barth’s Concept of Responsibility,” in ‘Kein Mensch, der Verantwortung entgehen könnte’: Verantwortungsethik in theologischer, philosphischer und religionswissenschaftlicher Perspektive, ed. Jürgen Boomgaarden and Martin Leiner (Freiburg: Verlag Herder, 2014), 67–93.

Francesca Murphy

Illuminating Faith: Invitation to Theology, with Balazs Mezei and Kenneth Oakes (New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014).

“The Trinity and the Sacraments,” in The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology, eds. Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Daniel Philpott

Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, eds. with Jennifer Llewellyn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Gabriel Said Reynolds

“On the Presentation of Christianity in the Quran and the Many Aspects of Quranic Rhetoric,” al–Bayan 12 (2014), 42–54.

Andrea Simoncini

Pope Benedict XVI’s Legal Thought: A Dialogue on the Foundation of Law, with Maria Cartabia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Christian Smith

The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose, with Hilary Davidson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

The Sacred Project of American Sociology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone From the Church, with Kyle Longest, Jonathan Hill and Kari Christoffersen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Brandon Vaidyanathan

“Professional Socialization in Medicine,” American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 17:2, 160–66.

“Causality in Contemporary American Sociology: An Empirical Assessment and Critique,” with Michael Strand, Austin Choi–Fitzpatrick, Meghan Davis, Amanda Varela, and Thomas Buschman, in Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior (2015). 

Lorenza Violini and Marilena Gennusa, Human Dignity and Right to Life (2013).