The Institute for Human Ecology

Human flourishing illuminated by Catholic social doctrine.


The foundation of human flourishing

"The freedom of the individual finds its basis in man's transcendent dignity . . ." - Pope John Paul II, Message for World Day of Peace, 1981


The fundamental social unit of a healthy, functioning society

"The family may be regarded as the cradle of civil society . . . " - Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae


The intersection of free enterprise and ingenuity ordered towards human flourishing

"It is . . . an error to say that the economic and moral orders are so distinct from and alien to each other that the former depends in no way on the latter." - Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno


The driving force behind the way we form human relationships

"Human beings interpret and shape the natural environment through culture, which in turn is given direction by the responsible use of freedom, in accordance with the dictates of the moral law." - Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate

Learn more about our Master of Arts in Human Rights Program

Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship

The Person, the Polis, and the Search for Happiness

The Institute for Human Ecology and the Thomistic Institute
Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship for Graduate Students in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship supports rising scholars seeking to better understand the Catholic intellectual tradition. Open to all qualified graduate students and advanced undergraduates. The costs to attend the Civitas Dei Fellowship program (including lodging and reasonable travel expenses) are covered by the sponsors.

Check back regularly for 2020 information.

Washington, DC
14 – 19 June 2020

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Featured Fellows

Reinhard Hütter, Ph.D.

Ordinary Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Theological Anthropology, Systematic Theology, Thomistic Thought

Beatriz Lopez-Bonetti

Media Fellow for The Institute for Human Ecology

Director of Public Relations for the Busch School of Business and Economics.

V. Bradley Lewis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Political Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Ethics

Maximilian B. Torres, Jr. Ph.D., J.D.

Centesimus Annus Della Ratta Family Endowed Professor and Clinical Associate Professor of Business, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Virtue Ethics in Business, Ethical Decision-Making in Organizations, Catholic Social Teaching