Analyzing Catholic Philosophy
2015 Annual ACPA Meeting
(8 October-October 11)

2015 Conference Mailing: Election Bios

ACPA Election, September 2015 to 1 April 2016

Candidate Biographies

Candidates for Vice-President/President-elect.

John Greco (Saint Louis University) received his AB from Georgetown University in 1983 and his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1989. He holds the Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy at Saint Louis University. He taught at Fordham University from 1989 to 2006.  He has served on the Executive Council of ACPA (1999-2001, 2013-15) and presently serves on the ACPA Executive Committee.  He has also served as President of Philosophers in Jesuit Education, on the Executive Committee of the SCP, and on numerous APA commities.  He is currently the editor of American Philosophical Quarterly and serves on the Boards of Philosophical QuarterlyInternational Journal for the Study of Skepticism and Res Philosophica (formerly The Modern Schoolman).  His main areas of research are epistemology and philosophy of religion.  Publications include Achieving Knowledge: A Virtue-theoretic Account of Epistemic Normativity (Cambridge, 2010); Putting Skeptics in Their Place: The Nature of Skeptical Arguments and Their Role in Philosophical Inquiry (Cambridge 2000); Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism, co-ed. (Routledge, 2013); Virtue Epistemology: Contemporary Readings, co-ed. (MIT, 2012); The Blackwell Guide to Epistemology, co-ed. (Blackwell 1999); The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism, ed. (Oxford 2007); and "Religious Knowledge in the Context of Conflicting Testimony," Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (2009). 

Francis J. Beckwith (Baylor University) is Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy as well as Co-Director (with Trent Dougherty) of the Program in Philosophical Studies on Religion. He was a 2002-2003 James Madison Fellow at Princeton University and the 2008-2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. A graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D and M.A. in philosophy) and the Washington University School of Law, St. Louis (Master of Juridical Studies), his recent books include Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge, 2015), Politics For Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (IVP, 2010), Return to Rome: Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic (Brazos, 2009), and Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge, 2007). With philosophical interests in law, ethics, religion, and politics, he has published articles in a variety of academic journals including International Philosophical Quarterly; Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; Synthese; Public Affairs Quarterly; Social Theory & Practice; Ratio Juris; Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy; American Journal of Jurisprudence; Journal of Social Philosophy; Nova Et Vetera; Journal of Medicine & Philosophy; Josephinum Journal of Theology; Journal of Medical Ethics; National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly; Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; The Heythrop Journal; and Philosophia Christi.

Candidates for the Executive Council.

Christopher Tollefsen (University of South Carolina) is the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.  His PhD is from Emory University (1995) and his BA from St Anselm College (1989).  He has served two terms as Chair of the Easter Regional Committee for the Society of Christian Philosophers, and is in his second term on the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.  Twice a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University, he is also a senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute.  He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and the journal Christian Bioethics, and is the editor of the Springer series, Catholic Studies in Bioethics.  His books include Lying and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2014); Biomedical Research and Beyond (Routledge, 2009); and, with Robert P. George, Embryo: A Defense of Human Life (Doubleday, 2008).  He has published articles in Ethical Theory and Moral PracticeThe American Catholic Philosophical QuarterlyInternational Philosophical QuarterlyJournal of Value Inquiry, and elsewhere.  He is a regular contributor to the on-line journal Public Discourse.

Jeffrey Bloechl (Boston College) studied at the Catholic University of America and the Catholic University of Leuven. His teaching and research focus on philosophy of religion, Christian philosophy and contemporary European thought. He has been invited professor at the Australian Catholic University (where he is also Honorary Professor), the Federal University of Sao Paolo, and Christ University (Bangalore), where he also co-delivered, with Catherine Cornille, the 2014 Dharmaram Endowment Lectures in philosophy, forthcoming as Christian Identity between Secularism and Plurality. He is founding series editor of two book series, Levinas Studies. An Annual Review (Duquesne University Press, 2005-) and Thresholds in Philosophy and Theology (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011-). He also serves on the editorial boards of several journals and book series. At Boston College, he has founded a joint MA program in Philosophy and Theology. He us currently writing a "hermeneutics of Christian life" (on faith, hope and love) and a short monograph on St. Paul's philosophical vision. 

Alexus McLeod (Colorado State University) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.  He received his PhD at the University of Connecticut, and taught at the University of Dayton for 5 years before beginning at CSU in 2014.  His main area of research is Comparative Philosophy, particularly Chinese, Indian, Mesoamerican, and Western.  He is the author of Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy: A Comparative Approach (Rowman and Littlefield International: 2015), Astronomy in the Ancient World: Early and Modern Views on Celestial Events (Springer: 2015), Understanding Asian Philosophy: Ethics in the Analects, Zhuangzi, Dhammapada, and Bhagavad Gita (Bloombury: 2014), and the upcoming Philosophy of the Ancient Maya: Lords of Time (Lexington). His articles have appeared In numerous journals, including Philosophy East and West, Dao: A Journal of Chinese Philosophy, and Journal of Chinese Philosophy. He is the Series Editor of the Critical Inquiries in Comparative Philosophy book series (RLI), and committee member of the Midwest Conference in Chinese Thought series, which he hosted at the University of Dayton in 2013.

Heidi Giebel (University of St. Thomas, MN) received her Ph.D. from Notre Dame in 2003 and is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas (MN) and Managing Editor of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. Her research and teaching interests lie mainly in theoretical and applied ethics. More specifically, her current projects focus on comparative (primarily Aristotelian and Confucian) virtue ethics, the structure of Thomistic virtue theory, and the philosophy and psychology of moral development. She has published in several scholarly venues, including American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, International Philosophical Quarterly, Proceedings of the ACPA, and Review Journal of Political Philosophy. She lives in Hudson, Wisconsin with her virtuous husband and their ten fabulous (if not-yet-virtuous) children.

Jennifer A. Frey (University of South Carolina) received her BA in from Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana in 2000, and her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012.  She was Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago prior to taking up her current appointment as Assistant Professor in the Philosophy department at the University of South Carolina.  Jennifer's research interests lie at the intersection of virtue ethics and action theory, but she also does work in history.  She has articles forthcoming in The Journal of the History of Philosophy and in several edited volumes.   She is the co-PI on a major two year grant project awarded by the John Templeton Foundation, titled "Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning in Life."  As part of the grant she is busy writing her first book, Action, Virtue, and Human Good.

Melissa Moschella (The Catholic University of America) is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where her teaching and research focus on natural law, bioethics, and the moral and political status of the family. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, earned a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and received her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Princeton University. Her book, To Whom Do Children Belong? Parental Rights, Civic Education and Children’s Autonomy, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.  Among her recent and forthcoming academic publications are articles on natural law (The Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences), parental rights in education (The American Journal of Jurisprudence), the ethics of reproductive technologies (Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics; Christian Bioethics, forthcoming), sexual ethics (The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, forthcoming), religious freedom (Journal of Law and Religion, forthcoming) and brain death (Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, forthcoming).  She has received fellowships from Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, and Princeton’s University Center for Human Values.

Thomas A. Cavanaugh (University of San Francisco) is a professor of philosophy at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco where he has taught since 1994. He received the Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (1995, working with Ralph McInerny); Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, CA.) awarded him the B.A. in Liberal Arts. He has served USF’s (twelve-member) Philosophy Department as Chair and as Ethics Coordinator (overseeing the teaching of ethics in the core curriculum). In 2015 he served the ACPA on the Program Committee. In 2016, he will serve the ACPA as the local host for the annual ACPA conference to be held in San Francisco, CA. His areas of research concern double effect, moral psychology, action theory, Aquinas’ ethics, the thought of G. E. M. Anscombe, bio-ethical issues, the history of moral philosophy, and, broadly construed, the Catholic intellectual tradition. Clarendon Press of Oxford University published his book entitled, Double-effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil(2006). He has also published numerous scholarly articles in journals and edited volumes. A number of his articles can be found in publications associated with the ACPA, including issues of the ACPQ (most recently, the summer of 2015) as well as in Proceedings of the ACPA (most recently, 2013). Amongst other venues, he has delivered papers as part of the program of the ACPA (most recently 2013, Los Angeles). His larger current project is a book devoted to the medical ethic of the Hippocratic Oath. In 2015, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded him an Enduring Questions Grant to teach a course entitled, “What is Wisdom?” In2013, USF awarded him The Dean’s Scholar Award for outstanding scholarship, which includes a plaque, purse, and research release; amongst other honors, he has received an NEH Chair and a Clarke lectureship. In addition to his membership in the ACPA, he belongs to the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

Michael Pakaluk (Ave Maria University) received his A.B. from Harvard College; an M.Litt. as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, where he worked on Scottish Commonsense Philosophy and Hume; and his Ph.D. from Harvard University, writing a dissertation on Aristotle under John Rawls.  He began teaching at Clark University where he was also for many years Director of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy.  He has been a visiting professor or scholar at Brown, Cambridge, the Catholic University of America, Harvard, and St. Andrews. He was Professor of Integrative Research at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences from 2008-2010. In 2011 he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.  His publications include the Clarendon Aristotle volume on Nicomachean Ethics VIII and IX; Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics: An Introduction (Cambridge); with Giles Pearson, Aristotle on Moral Psychology and Human Action (Oxford); with Mark Cheffers, Accounting Ethics (Allen David); a memoir, The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God (Ignatius); and also many articles in classical philosophy; ethics; political philosophy; natural law; professional ethics; the history of philosophy; and philosophical logic; among other areas.

Karen C. Chan (St. Patrick’s Seminary & University) is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in Menlo Park, CA.   She received her B.A. degrees in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of San Francisco and her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, writing on Aristotelian-Thomistic moral philosophy and moral psychology.  Her current research interests include bioethics, Thomistic ethics, Confucianism, and motherhood.  She has delivered numerous conference papers on Thomistic ethics and on motherhood, and her work has been published in Journal of Clinical Ethics and The Common Good: Chinese and American Perspectives.  She serves on the SCP ACPA Advisory Board, and the ACPA Committee on Priestly Formation.  As the Pre-Theology Program Chair at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University for the past few years, Dr. Chan has launched a thorough curriculum review, as she works at her own institution and with the ACPA Executive Committee on Priestly Formation in shaping a sound and robust philosophical foundation for Catholic seminarians.

Raymond Hain (Providence College) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, and is currently the founding director of the Providence College Humanities Forum.  He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2009.  His primary research area is ethics with a focus on practical rationality and action theory within the Thomistic tradition, and he is currently working on an account of Thomistic ethics as an ethics of inquiry.  He also works in applied ethics, especially medical ethics and the ethics of architecture.  His work has appeared in Christian Bioethics, The Thomist, Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Justice Through Diversity (forthcoming from Catholic University of America Press).  He is currently editing Ethics and Culture: Essays in Honor of W. David Solomon.