There are no current openings for Catherine of Siena Fellowships. Future openings will be posted here and in the relevant professional outlets, including through the American Academy of Religion and American Philosophical Association.
The Ethics Program has among its excellent faculty three scholars who have received our Catherine of Siena Fellowships. Usually these are younger scholars who we think can contribute greatly to the mission of the Ethics Program. These fellowships are for three years, though fellows have the opportunity to pursue tenure-track opportunities at any time during their stay at Villanova.
The fellows are teaching the core Ethics course, with occasional opportunities to teach in other areas of the university, including
In addition, they are very involved in the various student-centered activities that the Ethics Program sponsors.
Dr. Cynthia Nielsen
Cynthia received her Bachelor of Music in jazz studies and performance from the University of North Florida and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Dallas. Cynthia’s work is highly interdisciplinary in nature and her research interests include social and political philosophy, ethics, critical race theory, feminist theory, and the philosophy of music. She is currently working on a book entitled Foucault, Douglass, Fanon, and Scotus in Dialogue: Imagining Ourselves Otherwise (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan). In her book, Nielsen shows how Douglass’s and Fanon’s concrete experiences of oppression not only confirm Foucault’s theoretical analyses concerning power, resistance, and subject formation but also expand, strengthen, and offer correctives to Foucault’s project. Having highlighted problem areas in Foucault’s philosophical anthropology, Nielsen introduces her premodern dialogue partner, John Duns Scotus. Scotus’s anthropology provides a basis for transhistorical moral critique—a critique of the sort Douglass and Fanon issue against slavery and colonization.
Dr. Kevin Vander Schel
Kevin received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from Boston College. Prior to his arrival at Villanova, he taught theology and philosophy courses at Boston College and worked as a Lecturer in the Religious Studies Program at the University of Houston. Kevin’s research focuses on the intersection of theology and ethics, and he is particularly interested in the formation of moral identity, modern and contemporary theologies of grace, and questions of theological anthropology and hermeneutics. He recently completed a book entitled Embedded Grace: Christ, History, and the Reign of God in Schleiermacher’s Dogmatics (Fortress Press, 2013), which examines the curious coordination of grace and history in Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Christian Faith and his unfinished lectures on Christian Ethics. Currently, Kevin is at work on further articles related to Schleiermacher’s Christian Ethics and is also engaged in research into the shifting understandings of grace in modern Catholic theology.
Dr. Peter Wicks
Peter received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Villanova he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. His areas of specialty are ethical theory and political philosophy, and he also has interests in the history of philosophy, especially ancient philosophy, and applied ethics, especially medical ethics. His dissertation argued that contemporary work in ethical theory has been marred by a tendency to misrepresent our moral beliefs by translating them into a sparser, and hence more easily theorized, conceptual vocabulary. Peter is currently working on a book about the sources of the appeal of consequentialist approaches to ethics and an article surveying recent work by moral philosophers on the concept of evil.
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Returning Soldiers' Project