Each year, the Ryan Center hosts one or two visiting fellows to come and teach at Villanova. We sponsor either Post-Doctoral Fellows to teach in the Freedom and Virtue Learning Community or Senior Scholars to teach upper-division courses.
Dr. Patrick J. Garrity | Senior Fellow in Grand Strategy
Dr. Patrick J. Garrity is a Senior Fellow in Grand Strategy with the Matthew J. Ryan Center, and is also affiliated with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. He serves as Coordinator for Politics and Strategy [https://politicsandstrategy.com/], a collaborative scholarly project that promotes classic thought and original reflections on the nature of strategy and the demands of statesmanship. He holds the Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School. He has been a Senior Policy Analyst (Technical Staff Member) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory; a Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); and a Visiting Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He taught at the Catholic University of America and the Naval Postgraduate School. His books include You Run the Show or the Show Runs You: Capturing Professor Harold W. Rood’s Strategic Thought for a New Generation; In Search of Monsters to Destroy? American Foreign Policy, Revolution, and Regime Change, 1776-1900; and A Sacred Union of Citizens: George Washington’s Farewell Address and the American Character. He is co-editor of the University of Virginia Rotunda Press digital edition, The Nixon White House Tapes: SALT, February-May 1971. He has published on American national security policy and historical topics in such journals as Survival, Washington Quarterly, The National Interest, Parameters, Comparative Strategy and Journal of Strategic Studies.
Mr. Henry Olsen, JD | Thomas W. Smith Senior Fellow
Henry Olsen is Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His work focuses on how to address, consistent with conservative principles, the electoral challenges facing modern American conservatism, and is working on a book examining Ronald Reagan’s intellectual legacy (HarperCollins, 2017). Mr. Olsen has worked in senior executive positions at many center-right think tanks. He most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation. Mr. Olsen’s work has been featured in many prominent publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Review, and The Weekly Standard. His pre-election predictions of the 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections have been particularly praised for their remarkable accuracy.
Mr. Olsen started his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. He then worked with the California State Assembly Republican Caucus before attending law school. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as an associate at Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review.
Dr. Stephen Cambone | Senior Fellow
Dr. Stephen Cambone is the founder of Adirondack Advisors, LLC, which provides strategic advice to both small and large companies. He serves on the board of the Rumsfeld Foundation, on the board of MDA Information Systems LLC, an American subsidiary of MDA LTD, Canada, and on the boards of several early stage and start-up companies. From 2007-2012 he held senior corporate positions at QinetiQ North America. Prior to that he served in the Bush Administration as the second ranking Department of Defense policy official, the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation, and as the first Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. He earned his BA at Catholic University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School.
Dr. William B. Allen | Veritas and Miller Senior Fellow
Dr. Allen currently serves as the Veritas and Miller Senior Fellow, 2013-14, in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He also serves as a Visiting Professor at Ashland University’s Ashbrook Center, in its Master’s in History and American Government program. He is also a Director at the University of Maryland Medical System’s Upper Chesapeake Hospital and Trustee of the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation.
William B. Allen is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science and Emeritus Dean, James Madison College, at Michigan State University. He served previously on the United States National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Dr. Allen has published extensively. In 2009 appeared Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe (Lexington Books). In 2008 appeared George Washington: America’s First Progressive (Peter Lang, Inc.), and The Personal and the Political: Three Fables by Montesquieu (UPA). Earlier he published Habits of Mind: Fostering Excellence and Access in Higher Education, with Carol M. Allen (Transaction Publishers, Inc., 2003); George Washington: A Collection, editor and introduction (Liberty Press, 3d printing,); The Essential Antifederalist: Second Edition, with Gordon Lloyd (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002); and The Federalist Papers: A Commentary: The “Baton Rouge Lectures.” (Peter Lang, Inc., 2000).
Dr Steven McGuire | Thomas W. Smith Fellow
Dr. McGuire is Thomas W. Smith Fellow with the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good. He also teaches in the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program. He has published essays on Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Schelling, Voegelin, and others. He has co-edited three volumes, including Concepts of Nature: Ancient and Modern, Subjectivity: Ancient and Modern, Eric Voegelin and the Continental Tradition: Explorations in Modern Political Thought. He is currently working on a book-length study of the primacy of practical reason in Kant's thought.