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

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Featured Fellows

David Cloutier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Moral Theology, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Ethics, Economics, Theology

Mary Hirschfeld, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics and Theology, Villanova University

Expertise: Economic Theory, Economic Justice, Moral Theology

Lucia Ann Silecchia, J.D.

Professor of Law and Director of Summer Law Program in Rome, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Environmental Law and Ethics, Catholic Social Thought and Law, Catholic Higher Education

Brandon Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Work and Professions, Religion and Globalization, Religion, Science, and Health