PRRUCS People

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Daniel J.M. Cheely

Daniel J.M. Cheely

Executive Director

Executive Director and Perry Family Scholar of History, Religion & Culture, PRRUCS
Director, Collegium Institute

Steven Vaughn-Lewis

Steven Vaughn-Lewis

Associate Director for Administration

Associate Director of Fox Leadership International

Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen

Administrative Assistant

Administrative assistant of the Leadership Hall Programs

FACULTY SENIOR AFFILIATES

John J. Dilulio, Jr.

John J. Dilulio, Jr.

Faculty Director, PRRUCS

Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, University of Pennsylvania

Melissa J. Wilde

Melissa J. Wilde

Associate Faculty Director, Program for Empirical Studies and Surveys

Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of PRRUCS Program for Empirical Studies and Surveys, University of Pennsylvania

Ram Cnaan

Ram Cnaan

Professor of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Peter Dodson

Peter Dodson

Professor of Anatomy and Paleontology, University of Pennsylvania

John W. Fantuzzo

John W. Fantuzzo

Albert M. Greenfield Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Marci A. Hamilton

Marci A. Hamilton

Robert A. Fox Leadership Program Professor of Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Michele Margolis

Michele Margolis

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Beth S. Wenger

Beth S. Wenger

Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of History and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Michael Weisberg

Michael Weisberg

Professor and Chair of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

SENIOR AFFILIATES

Samuel K. Atchison

Samuel K. Atchison

Social Policy Analysist, Program Development Administrator, Commentator

Stephanie Boddie

Stephanie Boddie

Assistant Professor of Church and Community Ministries, Baylor University

Sarah-Vaughan Brakman

Sarah-Vaughan Brakman

Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University, and Director of CI Medical Humanities

Michael Breidenbach

Michael Breidenbach

PRRUCS Senior Affiliate for Legal Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

William J. Byron, SJ

William J. Byron, SJ

University Professor of Business and Society, St. Joseph’s University

Katy Carl

Katy Carl

Editor-in-Chief, Dappled Things Magazine

Stanley Carlson-Thies

Stanley Carlson-Thies

Director, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance

Janice Tzuling Chik

Janice Tzuling Chik

Research Associate, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University

Luis Cortés, Jr.

Luis Cortés, Jr.

Founder, President, CEO, Esperanza

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner

Editor-in-Chief, the Forward

Beverly D. Frazier

Beverly D. Frazier

Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Fox Family Pavilion Distinguished Scholar, University of Pennsylvania

Tim Goeglein

Tim Goeglein

Vice President, External Relations, Focus on the Family

W. Wilson Goode, Sr.

W. Wilson Goode, Sr.

Director, Amachi, Inc.

Nathan Hauthaler

Nathan Hauthaler

Assistant Professor of Practice, Global Studies, Duke University

Margaret Hogan

Margaret Hogan

Director Emerita of the CI Medical Humanities Program

David R. Hodge

David R. Hodge

Professor, School of Social Work, Arizona State University

Charles L. Howard

Charles L. Howard

University Chaplain and University Vice President for Social Equity & Community, University of Pennsylvania

Lia Howard

Lia Howard

Student Advising and Wellness Director, Paideia Program, University of Pennsylvania

A. Robert Jaeger

A. Robert Jaeger

President, Partners for Sacred Places

Ferdous Jahan

Ferdous Jahan

Associate Director and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Fox Leadership International, University of Pennsylvania

Mike Kane

Mike Kane

Director of the CI Philosophy of Finance Project, and Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Evie McNiff

Evie McNiff

President, Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann

Founder, Drug Policy Alliance, and C2G2 Member

Rebecca Padot

Rebecca Padot

Assistant Professor, Misericordia University

Isabel Perera

Isabel Perera

Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University

John Rodden

John Rodden

Sociologist, Commentator, Editor and Author

Mary Scullion

Mary Scullion

President and Executive Director, Project H.O.M.E.

Luke Sheahan

Luke Sheahan

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duquesne University

Ronald J. Sider

Ronald J. Sider

Distinguished Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry & Public Policy, Palmer Theological Seminary

Jessie Taylor

Jessie Taylor

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of the Sciences, and Director of the CI Magi Project

Joseph P. Tierney

Joseph P. Tierney

Executive Director and Senior Scholar, Fox Leadership International, University of Pennsylvania

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Managing Director, The Rock Creek Group

Tevi D. Troy

Tevi D. Troy

President of the American Health Policy Institute

Richard M. Valelly

Richard M. Valelly

Claude C. Smith ’14 Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

Michael Wear

Michael Wear

Founder of Public Square Strategies, LLC

Catherine E. Wilson

Catherine E. Wilson

Associate Professor and Chair of Public Administration, Villanova University

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong

Assistant Professor of Comparative Theology, Villanova University

Resident Scholars, Fellows, and Programming Affiliates

diiuliojrJohn Peter DiIulio

James N. Perry Scholar of Philosophy, Politics, and Society

Dr. J.P. DiIulio received his BA in political science from Penn, and his MA and PhD in politics from Princeton University. His research interests include modern political thought, ethics, action theory, and the history of philosophy. His first completed monograph has been provisionally titled, “Completely Free: The Moral and Political Vision of J.S. Mill.”  His next research project engages the moral philosophy of G.E.M. Anscombe. Prior to returning to Penn, Dr. DiIulio served as the Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University. Now in addition to serving as the James N. Perry Scholar of Philosophy,  Politics, and Society in Penn’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, he is also Senior Fellow at the Penn Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership Ethics and Perry-Hager-La Ruffa Scholar-in-Residence with PRRUCS.

Terence Sweeney

John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow

Terence Sweeney, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in philosophy from Villanova University where he was a Theology-Philosophy Fellow. His scholarly work centers on Augustine, medieval thought, and philosophical theology in the Continental tradition. His dissertation was on Augustine and the ethics of participative community. His work has been published in the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, Heythrop Journal, the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy and Theology, and Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture. He has also written for First Things, America Magazine, Public Discourse, Comment Magazine, and Church Life Journal. Dr. Sweeney coordinates programs based around the Anscombe Archive, the Legal Humanities Project, and the Faith & Civic Life initiative. He is the Editor-at-Large of the NEH-funded Genealogies of Modernity Project.

Ammar Plumber

Resident Programming Affiliate

Ammar Plumber is Managing Director of the Philosophy of Finance Student Fellows Cohort of the Collegium Institute in collaboration with the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society.   He is currently developing an interactive student fellowship on the philosophy and history of money and its relationship to the common good.  Ammar has graduated from the University of Pennsylvania twice: in the spring of 2022, he completed a Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences; and in the spring of 2020 he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy.  He also helps conduct research and programming on the Collegium Institute Anscombe Archive at the University of Pennsylvania.

Emmie Brown

Resident Program Affiliate

Emmie Brown is Program and Operations Coordinator at Collegium Institute and Resident Program Affiliate at PRRUCS. She assists with the design and execution of extracurricular seminars, student fellowship programs, conferences, and special events offered by CI in collaboration with PRRUCS. Emmie holds a BA in Philosophy and minors in European History and Orthodox Thought & Culture from Eastern University’s Templeton Honors College, where she graduated in 2018. Prior to her current role, she spent a year as a Research Assistant at IESE Business School’s Manhattan Campus, where her work focused on the business models, technology, and political effects of the changing news industry.

José Perez-Benzo

Resident Program Affiliate

José Perez-Benzo is Managing Director of the Young Catholic Leaders Initiative at the Collegium Institute in collaboration with the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society. He founded the Young Catholic Leaders Initiative to help high school students in the greater Philadelphia area grow in their faith and live out that faith in the public square in service for the common good. He also helps design and teach Collegium seminars for undergraduates and graduate students, as well as spearheading the NEH-funded Anscombe Archive digitization project. José received his bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton in 2017 and his Master of the Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2022.

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