The Institute supports graduate students enthusiastically pursuing the truth and using their scholarship to transform academia and the broader culture. It recruits the highest-caliber graduate students to matriculate in the Master of Arts in Human Rights, as well as in Catholic University’s doctoral programs in politics, economics, history, philosophy, and theology, providing them the resources to rise as leaders in their fields.
Vincent Birch is a doctoral student of historical and systematic theology in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. His research interests are focused on the ways theological knowledge fits and perfects the human person. Vincent received both a B.S. in Mathematics and Philosophy and an M.T.S. in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame.
School of Arts and Sciences: Politics
Morgan Whitmer is a doctoral student of Political Theory. A recent graduate of Hillsdale College (Michigan), where she majored in Politics and minored in Classical Education, she participated in the George Washington Fellows Program, the Collegiate Scholars Program, and the Washington Hillsdale Internship Program.
Monica Burke, originally from Danville, Pennsylvania, is a first year graduate student in the School of Philosophy. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College, where she received the Outstanding Philosophy Major Award for the Class of 2017. Her research interests include political philosophy and natural law with a focus on the thought of Thomas Aquinas.
Meghan Duke is a doctoral student in historical theology in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. She received her BA from Thomas Aquinas College (California) and her MTS from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana). Her current interests include the theology of Thomas Aquinas, Albert the Great, Bonaventure and the topics of faith, vision of God, and beatitude.
Sarah Dunford is a doctoral student in Political Theory. She holds a B.A. in government from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.
Genevieve Frank, a Kansas City native, is a student in the School of Philosophy. She graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Spanish. Her research interests include philosophy of education and the human person.
Micah Harris is a doctoral student in Political Theory. He has worked in the Senate, the White House, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and elsewhere in the national security community. He holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts from Saint John’s College in Annapolis. His novel, Only Small Things Are Good, was published in 2018 and described by a former Assistant Secretary of Defense as “a must read for anyone who wants to understand life in the Pentagon.”
Patrick Jones is a PhD student in Moral Theology. He earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Saint John’s College, Annapolis, and his M.A. in Theology from the Dominican House of Studies. His research interests are at the intersection of Theology and Politics, with an emphasis on Saint Augustine’s relevance to modern political theology.
Camelia Lelesan is a Ph.D candidate in Political Theory. Camelia holds a BA in Philosophy from the Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), a Master of Philosophy from the University of Sorbonne (France), a MA in Political Studies from the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (France), and is an alumna of Ecole Normale Superieure (France).
Daryl Li is a student in the School of Philosophy. Daryl holds a MA from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD). His research interests lies in investigating the limits of human knowledge vis-à-vis the possibility of human freedom, with an emphasis on the dialogue between Socratic philosophy and German Idealism.
Elizabeth Harper McCarthy is a first year Masters student in the School of Architecture and Planning. She received her B.F.A from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she trained in the classical theatre. She joins the School of Architecture’s Concentration in Classical Architecture.
Jason Paone is a doctoral student of historical and systematic theology whose research focuses on the confrontation of classical Christianity with philosophical modernity and its epistemological problematics. Jason holds a B.A. in philosophy and classics from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.T.S. from Duke University.
Bridget Safranek, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, is a student of the School of Philosophy. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Dallas. Her research interests include the philosophy of law and bioethics, as well as questions related to virtue ethics and natural law theory.
Ian Tuttle is a second-year doctoral student in political theory. From 2014 to 2017, he was a fellow with the National Review Institute in New York City. He has been regularly published in, among others, National Review and The New Criterion. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD).
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