Research Grant Recipients

2017-2018 Awards

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Jessica Ludescher Imanaka, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy

"Laudato Si', Technologies of Power, and Contemplation: A Search for Liberty, Equity, and Justice"

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Ali Altaf Mian, PhD

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies

"From Somalia to Seattle: Theological Reflections on the Pacific Northwest's Muslim Refugees"

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Dung Q. Tran, PhD

Instructor, Organizational Leadership

"Listening with One's Heart: Towards a Benedictine Model of Leadership in Turbulent Times" 

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Jason Wirth, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
Associate Professor, Film Studies

"Bhutan's Gross National Happiness in Dialogue with Laudato Si"

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Valentina Zamora, PhD

Associate Professor, Accounting

"Tax Policy Reforms and Income Inequality from a Catholic Social Thought Lens"

2016-17 Awards

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Rob Efird, PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology

"Effective Pedagogy: Responses to Laudato Si’and Pope Francis’ Call for Ecological Education"

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Amelia Derr, PhD

Assistant Professor, Social Work

"Calling to Social Justice Work: Exploring the Contribution of Catholic Social Thought to Social Work Education"

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Sharon Suh, PhD

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

"Occupy this Body: Mindfulness as Political and Recuperative Strategy"

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Meenakshi Rishi, PhD

Professor, Economics

"Laudato Si': Ecological Debt and Carbon: An Empirical Exploration"

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Dung Q. Tran, PhD

Instructor, Organizational Leadership

"Mercy Within Mercy: The Heart of Pope Francis' Spiritual Leadership in a Broken World"

2015-16 Awards

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Michael Jaycox, PhD

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

"Social Anger and the Struggle for Justice: Emotion, Grassroots Protest and Catholic Social Ethics"

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Jodi O'Brien, PhD

Professor, Sociology

"How Practicing Catholics Practice Teachings on Marriage, Family and Sexuality"

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Rev. Trung Pham, S.J., STL, MFA

Assistant Professor, Fine Arts

"The Wounds of Chirst"

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Daniele De Santis, PhD

Instructor, Philosophy

"Eternal Being, Personhood, and Human Action in the Philosophy of Edith Stein"

2014-15 Awards

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Bonnie Buchanan, PhD

Associate Professor, Finance; Director, Professional MBA Program

"Subsidiarity and Coporate Governance: Working Toward a Common Good"

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Sean McDowell, PhD

Associate Professor, English; Director, University Honors Program

"Energia, the Stirring or Ardor, and the Poetic Mind of Robert Southwell, S.J."

2013-14 Awards

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Therese Corey, PhD

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

"Demonic Mind Readers and Decievers: What De Malo 16 Can Tell Us About OIntellectual Attention in Aquinas"

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Andrew Davis, PhD

Assistant Professor, Old Testament, Boston College

"Abraham Heschel's Personal papers Relating to Vatican II"

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Rev. Thomas Murphy, S.J.

Associate Professor, History

"Catholic Opinion and Fenian Raids into Canada, 1866-1871"

2012-13 Awards

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Gabriela Gutierrez y Muhs

Professor, Modern Languages and Women and Gender Studies
Director, Center for the Study of Justice in Society

For her work on spirituality and religion in Latina/o and Chicana/o literature. 

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Erica Yamamura, PhD

Associate Professor, Student Development Administration

For her project on the experiences of first-generation college students at Jesuit universities. 

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2011-12 Awards

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Daniel Dombrowski

Professor, Philosophy

“As a result of the grant I received from the Catholic Thought and Culture program, I was able to complete a book titled Rawlsian Reflections in Religion and Applied Philosophy (Penn State University Press). I was also able to complete some articles, all of which explored the implications of neoclassical or process theism. All of these works are attempts to drive a wedge between traditional theism, on the one hand, and religious skepticism, on the other.”

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Sean McDowell, PhD

Associate Professor, English; Director, University Honors Program

“The Catholic Thought and Culture Research Grant I received in 2011 enabled me to conduct research that resulted in conference presentations and publications. In England in the 1640s, after religious and political tensions turned into armed conflict between the High Church Anglican King Charles I and his Puritan Parliament, poet and Anglican priest Richard Crashaw converted to Catholicism and escaped Cambridge just before the Puritan army descended upon the city. My work examines the effects of Crashaw’s conversion on his representations of emotional states in his last, posthumous collection, Carmen Deo Nostro (1652). Without the generosity of the Catholic Thought and Culture Research Grant, neither my research on Crashaw’s Catholicism nor my ability to share it with colleagues in literary studies would have been possible.”