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Faculty and Staff

Ryan Center Office

 

Steven F. McGuire, Ph.D.,  Interim Director

Dr. McGuire served as Acting Director of the Ryan Center for the 2019-2020 academic year and continues his leadership into the 2020-2021 year as Interim Director. He is also an AssistantTeaching Professor in the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program. 

His research interests include the history of political thought, Eric Voegelin, Immanuel Kant, and F. W. J. Schelling,
as well as the aims and value of liberal education.

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Jordan Watts, Ph.D., Assistant Director

Dr. Watts has been Assistant Director at the Ryan Center since 2019. He is also an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program.

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Faculty Associates

We welcome faculty who support our mission from across the Villanova community to be Ryan Center Faculty Associates.The Ryan Center Faculty Associates are members of the faculty of Villanova University whose scholarly work is related to the mission of the Ryan Center and who support the Ryan Center’s goals of promoting inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and advancing understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies. Because they share James Madison’s belief that only a well-instructed people can be permanently free, the Ryan Center Faculty Associates hold that it is part of their responsibility as scholars and teachers to foster in society generally and in their students in particular an appreciation of the moral, political, legal, and philosophical foundations of democratic government.

 

Andrew J. Bove, M.A.
Associate Director for Academic Advising
Instructor 
Augustine and Cultural Seminar Program
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Villanova University 
Sarah Vaughan Brakman, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Philosophy
Villanova University
Patrick McKinley Brennan, J.D.
John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies
Villanova University Charls Widger School of Law
Peter B. Busch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Lawrence C. Gallen Teaching Faculty
Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
Villanova University
Christopher T. Daly, D.Phil.
Assistant Professor
Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
Villanova University
James Matthew Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion and Literature
Department of Humanities
Villanova University
Graham Gormley, M.A.
Instructor
Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
Villanova University
Stephen Napier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Villanova University
Richard Jacobs, Ph.D.
Professor
Public Administration 
Villanova University
John Johannes, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Political Science
Villanova University
Peter Zaleski, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Economics
Villanova University
Daniel Mark, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Villanova University
Michael Moreland, J.D.
University Professor of Law and Religion
Director
Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Alan Pichanick, Ph.D.
Teaching Professor
Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
Villanova University
Tuan Samahon, J.D.
Professor of Law
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Brian T. Satterfield, Ph.D.
Lawrence C. Gallen Teaching Fellow in the Humanities
Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
Villanova University
Jack Schrems, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Political Science
Villanova University
Mark Shiffman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Humanities
Villanova University
John-Paul Spiro, M.A.
Advising Fellow
Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
Villanova University
James Wetzel, Ph.D.
Augustinian Chair in the Thought of St. Augustine
Department of Philosophy
Villanova University
Miron Wolnicki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Villanova University
 
   

We organize programming for our faculty associates and extend them priority invitations to other Center-hosted events. We also encourage mentoring relationships between our faculty associates and students. For more information on becoming a Faculty Associate, please contact Steven McGuire.