Current Visiting Fellows

Roberta Bayer

Roberta Bayer

  • 2018-­19 Garwood Visiting Fellow; Associate Professor of Government, Patrick Henry College
209 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-0071

Roberta Bayer, 2018-19 James Madison Program Garwood Visiting Fellow, is an Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Virginia, where she teaches courses in the history of ancient and modern Western political thought. Her essays have appeared in Studia Gilsoniana and Life and Learning for the University Faculty for Life, and her book reviews have been included in the International Philosophical Quarterly. Prior to her appointment at Patrick Henry College, Professor Bayer taught at the University of King’s College in Nova Scotia, the University of Saint Mary, and George Mason University.

Professor Bayer’s current areas of research include the Scottish Enlightenment and the American Founding, scholastic political thought, and modern Christian political thought. Her interest in the history of Anglican theology and the Book of Common Prayer led her to edit a Festschrift entitled Reformed and Catholic: Essays in Honor of the Reverend Dr. Peter Toon. She also serves as editor of Anglican Way Magazine

Studying with Alasdair MacIntryre, she earned her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. She received an M.A. from the University of Toronto, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She is also a fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute. While at Princeton, Professor Bayer will be writing on the American constitutional framer James Wilson.

Marc O. DeGirolami

  • 2018-19 Spring Visiting Fellow; Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law
208 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-7431

Marc DeGirolami, Spring 2019 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, is a Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law and the Associate Director of the Center for Law and Religion. His scholarship focuses on law and religion, freedom of speech, constitutional law, and criminal law. 

His book, The Tragedy of Religious Freedom, was published by Harvard University Press in 2013. His papers have been or will be published in various law journals including Notre Dame Law ReviewStanford Law and Policy Review,Constitutional CommentaryLegal TheoryOhio State Journal of Criminal LawBoston College Law ReviewSan Diego Law ReviewAlabama Law Review, and St. John's Law Review, among others. He has written for The New York TimesThe New Republic,First ThingsCommonweal, and The Library of Law and Liberty

Earlier in his career, he clerked for Judge Jerome Farris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Professor DeGirolami received his B.A. from Duke University, an M.A.from Harvard University, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia Law School. At Princeton, he will be researching views of church-state relations in the early American republic.

John Peter DiIulio

John P. DiIulio *18

  • 2018-19 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate
Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-7121

John Peter DiIulio is a 2018-19 James Madison Program Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate. His research focuses on the concept of freedom and the contemporary interpretation of modern political theorists. The subject of his dissertation is the moral and political thought of J.S. Mill. Other research interests include philosophy of law, constitutional theory, philosophy of action, and ethics. 

He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, where he studied Political Theory and Public Law. During his time at Princeton, he was also a Graduate Fellow at Penn’s Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, he is primarily working to revise his dissertation into a book manuscript.

Bronwen McShea

Bronwen C. McShea

  • 2018-19 Associate Research Scholar
Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-0753

Bronwen McShea, 2018-19 James Madison Program Associate Research Scholar, has taught at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, and Columbia University, where she was an ACLS New Faculty Fellow.  

She is the author of Apostles of Empire: The Jesuits and New France (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2019) and is currently writing a biography of Cardinal Richelieu’s niece and heiress, Marie de Vignerot, Duchesse d’Aiguillon, who founded and oversaw the first missions of French Augustinian hospital nuns in Canada, Vincentians in North Africa and Madagascar, and clergy of the Missions Étrangères de Paris in Southeast Asia and the Levant. Her writings have appeared in the Sixteenth Century Journal, the Journal of Jesuit StudiesFirst Things, and other publications. 

In 2017, she received a first place award from the Catholic Press Association and, in 2018, one of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center’s inaugural Mother Theodore Guerin grants for projects on understudied Catholic women. She received her B.A. in history from Harvard University, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in early modern history from Yale University.

Mitchell Rocklin

Mitchell Rocklin

  • 2018-19 Postdoctoral Research Associate
Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-7117

Mitchell Rocklin is a 2018-19 James Madison Program Postdoctoral Research Associate. His current research focuses on the history and practical implementation of classical education in a Jewish setting, and he is both writing a book on the subject and implementing a pilot program for the first integrated classical curriculum in a Jewish school since the Second World War. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the political and intellectual struggles to address freedom and slavery on the part of the American Whig Party before the Civil War.

He is currently a Research Fellow at the Tikvah Fund, a Chaplain in the Army National Guard with the rank of Captain, and the President of the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty. He holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Yeshiva University, rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University’s affiliated theological seminary, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Alfred Siewers

Alfred K. Siewers

  • 2018-­19 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life; Associate Professor of English, Bucknell University
004 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-8721

Alfred Kentigern Siewers, 2018-19 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life, is Associate Professor and former Chair of English at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he also is Affiliate Faculty in Environmental Studies and holds a Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. An ordained Reader in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, he is Warden of Holy Protection Mission Church in Lewisburg, where he helps conduct services.

Professor Siewers is co-editor of Tolkien’s Modern Middle Ages (Palgrave, 2005), author of Strange Beauty: Ecocritical Approaches to Early Medieval Landscape (Palgrave, 2009), editor of Re-Imagining Nature: Ecosemiotics and Environmental Humanities (Bucknell, 2013), co-editor of Glory and Honor: An Orthodox Christian Resource Book on Marriage (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2015), a contributor to the Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment (Cambridge, 2013) among other scholarly book collections, and co-editor of the Stories of the Susquehanna Valley project at Bucknell. His articles have appeared in scholarly journals including Viator, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, Peritia: Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland, and the Acton Institute’s Journal of Markets and Morality. His journalistic writings have appeared on The Federalist blog and in other publications, and he is a former award-winning urban affairs writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and former staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor.  

While at Princeton, he will focus on his work on ideas of freedom and justice in literature, in relation to Christian traditions of “the hidden God” and related views of nature, from Late Antiquity to the modern era. He holds a diploma in Pastoral Theology from the St. John of Kronstadt Pastoral School, an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, an M.A. in Early British Studies from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Theresa Smart

Theresa M. Smart

  • 2018-19 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate
Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-0694

Theresa Smart is a 2018-19 James Madison Program Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate. Her present research focuses on the ethics of citizenship in Thomas Aquinas, drawing conceptual resources from his thought to develop a framework for approaching ethical-political conflicts today. Other interests include civic education, practical reasoning, religion and politics, jurisprudence, and U.S. constitutional law.

She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Politics and Spanish from the University of Dallas. After her fellowship in the James Madison Program, she will go on to teach for the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University.

Bradley Smith

Bradley A. Smith

  • 2018-­19 Visiting Fellow; Professor of Law, Capital University
208 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-7102

Bradley A. Smith, 2018-19 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, is the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, and the Founder and Chairman of the Institute for Free Speech in Alexandria, Virginia. He was previously the Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. Professor of Law at West Virginia University. From 2000 to 2005, Professor Smith served on the Federal Election Commission, including as Vice-Chairman in 2003 and Chairman in 2004.  

Professor Smith’s writings have been cited in multiple Supreme Court opinions, and according to the Election Law Blog, he is one of the ten most cited election law professors in the country. His 2001 book, Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform (Princeton University Press), was praised by columnist George Will as “the year’s most important book on governance.” His current project is a re-examination of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on voting rights, tentatively titled “The Power to Vote.”

In 2010, Professor Smith was awarded the Bradley Prize by the Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for his work to “strengthen American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles, and values that sustain and nurture it.” He is a cum laude graduate of Kalamazoo College and Harvard Law School and holds an honorary doctorate from Augustana College.

Lee Strang

Lee J. Strang

  • 2018-­19 Visiting Fellow; John W. Stoepler Professor of Law & Values, University of Toledo College of Law
005 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-1648

Lee J. Strang, 2018-19 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, is the John W. Stoepler Professor of Law & Values at the University of Toledo College of Law where he teaches constitutional interpretation, constitutional law, law and religion, and Catholic legal education. He previously served on the faculties of Ave Maria School of Law and the Michigan State University School of Law and was a visiting scholar at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution in 2015.

In 2016, Professor Strang was appointed to the Ohio Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and he was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award from The University of Toledo. While at Princeton, Professor Strang will be completing a book on the history of Catholic legal education in the United States. He received his B.A. in history from Loras College, a J.D. from University of Iowa College of Law, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. 

Flagg Taylor

F. Flagg Taylor IV

  • 2018-19 Visiting Fellow; Associate Professor of Government, Skidmore College
(518) 226-0423

Flagg Taylor, 2018-19 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Honors Forum at Skidmore College. His teaching includes courses on the history of political philosophy, totalitarianism and dissent, and executive power and constitutional law. 

Professor Taylor is co-author of The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010 (a Choice Outstanding Academic Book) and editor of The Long Night of the Watchman: Essays by Václav Benda, 1977-1989Totalitarianism on Screen: The Art and Politics of The Lives of Others (with Carl Eric Scott), and The Great Lie: Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and Totalitarianism. He is currently writing a book on the theory and practice of Czechoslovak dissidents in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Taylor is a member of the Academic Council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and lectures often on totalitarianism and dissent. He is a frequent guest on the American Cinema Foundation movie podcast. A graduate of Kenyon College, he received his MA and Ph.D. from Fordham University.

Adam Thomas

Adam M. Thomas

  • 2018-19 Postdoctoral Research Associate
Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-1485

Adam Thomas is a 2018-19 James Madison Program Postdoctoral Research Associate. His research in classical and medieval political philosophy focuses on questions of law and justice in Cicero, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas. His dissertation was a study of Augustine's doctrine of eternal law. While at Princeton, he will be working on a manuscript on Cicero and Augustine and the connection between virtue and politics.  

A graduate of Furman University, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College. He was most recently the T.W. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Western and American Political Thought at Furman University.

Kevin J. Weddle *03

  • 2018-19 Spring Garwood Teaching Fellow; Professor of Military Theory and Strategy, US Army War College

Kevin J. Weddle, Spring 2019 James Madison Program William L. Garwood Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow, is Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and served over 28 years as a combat engineer officer. Throughout his career he worked in a variety of command and staff positions both in the United States and overseas, and he is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition, he leads civilian and military group battlefield tours throughout the United States and Europe.

At the US Army War College Colonel Weddle has served as director of the Advanced Strategic Art Program, the Deputy Dean of Academics, and held the General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair in the Profession of Arms. He has written numerous articles for scholarly journals and his first book, Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont (University of Virginia Press, 2005), won the 2006 William E. Colby Award and was runner up in the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize competition. He won the US Army War College’s Writing Award seven times and was honored twice with its Excellence-in-Teaching Award. His strategic history of the Saratoga campaign will be published in the spring of 2019 by the Oxford University Press. A licensed professional civil engineer, Colonel Weddle holds master’s degrees in history and civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.