Our Ryan Center Director and Faculty Associates are leading scholars in a broad range of topics that support our mission and the spirit of Matthew J. Ryan’s legacy in education, politics and civil engagement. 



Michael Moreland, JD, PhD; Professor, Law and Region; Director, Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy | Charles Widger School of Law

  • Specialties include: law and religion, free speech, constitutional law and bioethics

Daniel Mark, PhD; Assistant Professor, Political Science

  • Specialties include: political theory, politics and religion, American government, law and morals, authority and obligation

Sarah-Vaughan Brakman, PhD, HEC-C; Professor, Philosophy

  • Specialties include: ethics of adoption, reprogenetics, empirical bioethics, research ethics, physician-patient relationship, literature and medicine

The Ryan Center
Villanova University, Old Falvey 304
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Brian Satterfield, PhD, interim director

Jordan Watts, assistant director