The Ryan Society of Scholars

Stephen Cambone
Dr. Stephen Cambone

Stephen Cambone, Ph.D., Thomas W. Smith Senior Fellow, 2013-2014

Steve Cambone was the Thomas W. Smith Senior Fellow in the Matthew J. Ryan Center from spring 2013 to spring 2014. Dr. Cambone received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate School in California, and B.A. from Catholic University in Washington, DC.  He served as the first Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and as a senior executive for QinetiQ North America. Dr. Cambone’s primary research interests are in national security policy and American politics.  

Matthew B. O'Brien, Ph.D., Jack C. Miller/Veritas Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2011-2012

Matthew B. O'Brien was the Jack Miller Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the 2011-2012 academic year.  He taught Augustinian Cultural Studies with the Villanova Center for Liberal Education.  Dr. O'Brien received his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, and A.B. from Princeton University.  His primary research interests are in moral, political, and legal philosophy.  He is currently working on a project which examines rival accounts of obligation and authority in contemporary Aristotelian, Kantian, and Thomistic moral theories; he is also working on a project to develop a theory of 'action externalism,' in which agent's intentions are partially constituted by the social practices they are engaged in.

Matthew Oberrieder, Ph.D., Thomas W. Smith Visiting Professor, 2011-2012

Dr. Matthew Oberrieder served as the Thomas W. Smith Visiting Professor for the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the 2011-2012 academic year.  He earned both his B.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tulane University.  He has taught Great Books courses as well as an array of Philosophy courses, both introductory and advanced, grounded in the history of philosophy.  His research interests explore the relationships among liberal education, leadership, good citizenship, and human flourishing.  Dr. Oberrieder investigates these issues through studying carefully the history of political philosophy, both ancient and modern, with an emphasis on the intersections among philosophy, politics, and poetry/literature in classical Greek thought, ranging from Homer to Aristotle.

Fabrice Beland, Jack C. Miller/Veritas Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2010-2011

Fabrice P. Beland served as the Jack C. Miller Veritas Fellow at the Ryan Center of Villanova University.  After graduating from Laval University, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Ottawa University and a master’s degree in political science from EHESS in Paris. He is a doctoral candidate in philosophy and political science at EHESS in Paris and Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat in Munich.  He has been a Research Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions of Princeton University.  He also has been teaching at Villanova University for the past two years. The primary focus of his research is the rebirth of Platonic studies at the University of Marburg during the interwar period in Germany.  He has recently been in charge a special issue of the French journal “Archives de Philosophie” that will be dedicated to the German philosopher Gerhard Krüger.

David J. Thunder, Ph.D.
Dr. David J. Thunder

David J. Thunder, Ph.D., Thomas W. Smith Visiting Professor, 2009-2011    

David Thunder served as the Thomas W. Smith Foundation Visiting Professor at Villanova University, jointly affiliated to the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, the Department of Political Science, and the Villanova Center for Liberal Education. His research focuses principally on issues connected with the ethical and psychological dimensions of citizenship and community, such as public reason, civic virtue, and role obligations. He is currently working on a book defending the value of ethical integrity in the public life of citizens and statesmen. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science (2006), the Notre Dame Journal for Law, Ethics, and Public Policy (2006), Political Theory (2009), and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (2009).

Brian T. Satterfield, Ph.D., Jack C. Miller/Veritas Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2008-2010

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Brian Satterfield served as the Jack C. Miller/Veritas Post Doctoral Fellow at the Matthew J. Ryan Center of Villanova University during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 academic years. After graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis, he earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Classics and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Saint Xavier University in Chicago, and Villanova University. The primary focus of his research is on the origin of the problem of natural right in the poets and philosophers. He has published articles on Plato and Homer and is currently working on Aristotle and Cicero.

William B. Allen, Ph.D.
Dr. William B. Allen

William B. Allen, Ph.D., Visiting Senior Scholar, 2008-2009; Veritas Fund Senior Fellow, 2013; Miller Senior Fellow, 2014-2015 

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Villanova, PA 19085

William B. Allen is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy, Michigan State University. In 2006-07 he served as the Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He also has served on the National Council for the Humanities and as Member and Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Dr. Allen is the author of George Washington: America's First Progressive (Peter Lang, 2008), Rethinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of Harriet Beecher Stowe (Lexington Books, 2009), and numerous other works on political philosophy and American political thought and history, and is the editor of a standard collection of Washington's writings.