John Peter DiIulio is a doctoral candidate in Princeton University’s Department of Politics, where he is currently writing his dissertation on the political philosophy of John Stuart Mill under the direction of Professors Philip Pettit, Melissa Lane, and Robert George. His other main areas of interest include, broadly: freedom, ethics, the philosophy of law, and intellectual history, with a special interest in the work of Elizabeth Anscombe and Isaiah Berlin. Before coming to Princeton, John earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, where he wrote his senior thesis on the political thought of the Anti-Federalists under the direction of Professor Anne Norton. As a Penn undergrad, John was involved in the Penn Newman Center and a founding member of the Penn Catholic Student Association.
Originally from Boston, Gina attended college in upstate New York and now has lived in Philadelphia for over three years, working on a PhD in modern Chinese Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She hopes one day to be a professor of Chinese literature and culture as well as a freelance writer and translator of Chinese to English. Her hobbies include reading everything she can get her hands on, most kinds of writing, learning foreign languages, listening to music, cooking, and baking. She is incredibly excited about this opportunity to learn more about Catholicism and its intellectual tradition.
Chelsea Frehulfer is currently pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School, focusing on marketing and operations. Prior to Wharton, she and her husband volunteered through a Catholic mission organization—Fidesco. Her work was with Life Project for Youth, a business and professional training program, in the Philippines. Here, she saw how the resources for-profit businesses have and the decisions companies make can influence in the world and affect the larger community. As a fellow, she is interested in understanding how the Catholic intellectual tradition can guide and transform leaders within business. Chelsea graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 with a B.S. in Sociology, and subsequently served in the U.S. Army in Alaska and Iraq. At Wharton, she is involved with the Small Business Development Center, Venture Fellows, Roadrunners Club, Veteran’s Club, and anything outdoors.
María Hopgood, Ph.D Candidate in Romance Languages: Hispanic Studies
María graduated summa cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus in 2014 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature where she was awarded the Dr. Arturo Echavarría Award for most esteemed undergraduate student in the Comparative Literature department to continue graduate studies. During her senior year she participated in the Scholar in Residence program with the Initiatives for Undergraduate Research and Creative Study Activity (iInas in Spanish) where she researched diseased bodies and memory in AIDS narratives focusing on the writers Reinaldo Arenas and Manuel Ramos Otero. Recently she traveled to Havana to study contemporary Afro Cuban music from a gender perspective. Her work was supported by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program as well as the Fontaine Society at the University of Pennsylvania.
Anna is a first-year law student with plans to focus on public interest and government. Before coming to Penn, she earned a B.S. in Astrophysics & Planetary Science from Villanova University. Her research interests include applying computational modeling analysis to the structural issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, and incarceration.
Isabel M. Perera, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science
Isabel studies the political development of health and social policy in OECD countries. Her research has been supported by the Chateaubriand Fellowship, the Think Swiss Fellowship, the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation, and the Lauder Institute. Prior to graduate school, Isabel was a health policy analyst in Washington, D.C., first at the Center for American Progress, and then at the Center for Studying Health System Change. She graduated with honors from the Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Public Health Studies and Romance Languages. While at Hopkins, she was a Kravitt Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Program.
Bill Rivers is a second-year MPA student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. Prior to Penn, he worked as a press secretary for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey in Washington, D.C. A Truman Scholar, his academic interests include economic development and the role of narrative in the political process. He recently completed a fully-funded SAS fellowship at the Russell Kirk Center in Michigan where he authored a young-adult novel exploring Catholic concepts of human dignity and family in the late 1960s. As a Collegium Fellow, he hopes to contribute to the broader cultural dialogue and make these same ideas more accessible to Penn community’s of students and faculty.
James Shackelford is a 3rd year PhD student in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World and Religious Studies programs at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his B.A. in Art History, Religious Studies, and Greek at the University of Minnesota in 2013. His research explores issues of cross-cultural interaction, sacred space, and imperial memory across Late Antique Mesopotamia and the Silk Road. Prior to joining the academic community, he worked as a Geospatial Analyst for several years and has a strong interest in advancing research methodologies for the digital humanities.
Michael graduated from Villanova University in 2014 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities, where he was awarded the Robert Russell, O.S.A. Medallion for Academic Excellence in Philosophy and the Karol Wojtyla Medallion for Academic Excellence in Humanities. He became involved with the Collegium Institute when he served as the Graduate Service Fellow during his post-baccalaureate studies in Classics at Penn. He is now a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Penn, and his interests include Greek and Hellenistic philosophy, intellectual history, and the relationship between contemporary analytic philosophy and ancient philosophy.