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Faculty Fellows

Dr. Stephanos Bibas, J.D.

Stephanos Bibas is Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Penn’s Supreme Court Clinic.  He holds degrees from Columbia, Oxford, and Yale.  Bibas studies the powers and incentives that shape how prosecutors, defense counsel, defendants, and judges behave in the real world of guilty pleas. His 2004 paper, “Plea Bargaining Outside the Shadow of Trial” (Harvard Law Review), explored the agency costs, structural forces, and psychological biases that cause plea bargaining to deviate from expected trial outcomes. He also studies the divorce between criminal procedure’s focus on efficiency and criminal law’s interest in healing victims, defendants, and communities. His new book (The Machinery of Criminal Justice, Oxford 2012) explains how criminal justice should do more to encourage acceptance of responsibility, remorse, apology, and forgiveness. As director of Penn’s Supreme Court Clinic, Bibas litigates a wide range of Supreme Court cases. He and his co-counsel won a landmark victory in Padilla v. Kentucky in 2010, persuading the Court to recognize the right of noncitizen defendants to accurate information about deportation before they plead guilty. His academic work played a central role in the Supreme Court’s landmark case of Blakely v. Washington.

 

Dr. Clemens Cavallin

Clemens Cavallin is Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of Department for Internationalization at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is Visiting Instructor of Religion & STINT Fellow in the Department of Religion at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, during the fall semester 2013.  Dr. Cavallin’s research interests are broad and include Hinduism, Ritual theory and Catholic Studies. His thesis The Efficacy of Sacrifice (2002) was within the first field, more precisely focusing on Vedic sacrifices, while his second book, Ritualization and Human Interiority (2013) is within the second field of ritual theory. He is presently working on a biography of the Canadian Catholic artist and author Michael O’Brien.

 

Dr. Peter Dodson

Peter Dodson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. is Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Animal Biology in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences. Dodson has conducted extensive field work in paleontology in the United States, Egypt, Madagascar, Argentina, and especially China, discovering and describing multiple new dinosaurs in the process. He is co-editor of The Dinosauria, which is a definitive scholarly resource on dinosaurs, and the author or co-author of more than one hundred academic papers and books, including The Horned Dinosaurs (Princeton, 1996). A research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences and a member of the advisory committee for the Institute for Religion and Science, Dodson has taught a broad range of courses in geology, history, history and sociology of science, and religious studies for more than three decades at Penn.  In 2011 he received a Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.

 

Dr. Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde

Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Affiliate, Centre for Economic Policy Research. Fernandez-Villaverde’s scholarly interests lie in the formulation, efficient computation, and estimation of dynamic equilibrium models. He has held academic and research appointments at Duke University, Yale University, NYU, and Princeton University and he has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. His book Macroeconomics: A Dynamic Approach, co-authored with Dirk Krueger (Penn), is forthcoming from Princeton University Press. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and two undergraduate degrees from ICADE, Spain. He is the co-founder and vice-president of the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO).

 

Dr. Jonathan Klick, J.D.

Dr. Klick is Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He holds both a J.D. and Ph.D. in Economics. His work focuses on identifying the causal effects of laws and regulations on individual behavior using cutting-edge econometric tools.  Specific topics addressed by Klick’s work include the relationship between abortion access and risky sex, the health behaviors of diabetics, the effect of police on crime, addiction as rational choice, how liability exposure affects the labor market for physicians, as well as a host of other issues. His scholarship has been published in numerous peer-reviewed economics journals, including The Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Journal of Law & Economics, The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and The Journal of Legal Studies. He has also published papers in The Stanford Law Review, The Columbia Law Review, and The University of Chicago Law Review.  He currently holds the Erasmus Chair of Empirical Legal Studies at Erasmus University-Rotterdam.

 

Dr. Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis, Ph.D. is Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History at Williams College. Lewis received his B.A. from Haverford College, and after two years at the University of Hannover, Germany, received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught American art and architecture at Williams College since 1993, and has held visiting positions at Bryn Mawr College, McGill University, and the University of Natal, South Africa. His books include Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind (2001), The Gothic Revival (2002), and American Art and Architecture (2006). In 1995 he received the Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock award for his book August Reichensperger: The Politics of the German Gothic Revival, which was based on his dissertation. Among his research interests are architectural theory; utopian and communal societies; the meaning of monuments; and the problem of creativity and collaboration. Most recently he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship to support his writing of a monograph entitled City of Refuge: the Other Utopia. A critic of architecture, he writes for a wide variety of scholarly and popular publications.

 

Dr. Marisa Cristina March

Dr. Marisa Cristina March is a cosmologist at the University of Pennsylvania where she carries out research in the field of dark energy science, a field that seeks to understand the acceleration of the Universe.  Dr. March works on galaxy lensing for the future Euclid space mission, and she works on supernova cosmology for the ground based Dark Energy Survey.  Dr. March studied theoretical physics at Imperial College London, where she also carried out her doctoral research on advanced statistical methods for astrophysical probes of cosmology; she also holds a Bachelors degree in Catholic Theology from Heythrop College London.

Dr. Ann E. Moyer

Dr. Moyer is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.  She specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of Renaissance Europe, especially sixteenth-century Italy. Her current work focuses on the study of culture and the formation of cultural identity in sixteenth-century Tuscany. Moyer’s previous work includes a cluster of three related book-length research projects with overlapping themes related to music, mathematics, and the relationship between the arts and the sciences in Renaissance Europe: Musica Scientia: Musical Scholarship in the Italian Renaissance (Cornell University Press, 1992); Raffaele Brandolini On Music and Poetry (MRTS, 2001); and The Philosophers’ Game: Rithmomachia in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2001). Professor Moyer is one of four Executive Editors of the Journal of the History of Ideas, part of an editorial team that also includes Warren Breckman of Penn, Martin Burke of CUNY, and Anthony Grafton of Princeton. The JHI is published by Penn Press, and its offices are on the Penn campus.

Professor Moyer serves as Executive Director of the Renaissance Society of America, and she is the faculty moderator of the weekly Renaissance Latin Workshop, sponsored by the Collegium Institute.

 

David Skeel, J.D.

David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is the author of The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and Its (Unintended) Consequences (Wiley, 2011), Icarus in the Boardroom (Oxford, 2005) and Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001), as well as numerous articles and other publications. He has been interviewed on The News Hour, Nightline, Chris Matthews’ Hardball (MSNBC), National Public Radio, and Marketplace, among others, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines. Skeel has received the Harvey Levin award three times for outstanding teaching, as selected by a vote of the graduating class, the Robert A. Gorman award for excellence in upper level course teaching, and the University’s Lindback Award for distinguished teaching. In addition to bankruptcy and corporate law, Skeel also writes on sovereign debt, Christianity and law, and poetry and the law, and is an elder at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.  Skeel’s latest book, True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of a Complex World, was the subject of joint Collegium Institute and Veritas Forum Event on 10/22/14.

 

Naomi Waltham-Smith

Dr. Waltham-Smith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music.  She specializes in music theory and Continental philosophy, including the thought of Aristotle, Heidegger, Agamben, Badiou, Deleuze, Derrida, and Nancy among others.  She is interested in how the critical resources of French and Italian thought might be deployed to interrogate the ethical significance of the processes of music and listening.  A graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, she spend a year as a DAAD Research Scholar at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg before embarking upon a Master’s and PhD at King’s College London.  She is currently writing a book on “Music and Belonging Between Restoration and Revolution,” exploring how the stylistic and structural characteristics of the Classical style register a crisis of belonging in modernity.  Dr. Waltham-Smith is serving as co-leader for Collegium’s Faculty Reading Group on Friendship.