Graduate Fellows

David Creed

Devin Creed is a second year MA student in History at Villanova University. He studies modern European history with a focus on the British Empire and Ireland. Before Villanova he completed degrees in English and Economics from Hillsdale College. His research interests lie in the intersections between Catholic thought, postcolonial theory, and Marxism. He loves cooking, hiking, learning languages, and traveling.

John DiIulio

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.

Conor Donnan

Conor Donnan is a doctoral student in the University of Pennsylvania’s History department. His research focuses on the intersections between labor, immigration, and culture in the United States. Originally from Ireland, Conor earned his B.A in History at Ulster University and subsequently obtained his M.A in Historical Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). HIs dissertation focuses on Irish Catholic interactions with Native Americans in the Midwest during the nineteenth century. This project explores issues of imperial and territorial expansion, access to citizenship, historical memory, religious identity, and cultural identity. Conor is interested in applying broad methodological approaches to the study of history, particularly the tools and methods of Political Science, Historic Preservation, Philosophy, and Urban Studies.

Gina Elia

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.

Chris Fite

A PhD student in History and Sociology of Science at Penn, Chris is also completing a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. His research focuses on botany and gardening in early modern Europe. More broadly, Chris is interested in the historical and theoretical entanglements of science, magic, and religion. In his spare time, he tends a small garden in South Philly and reads comic books. Find him online at

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.

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Rich Lizardo

RichLizardo is a History Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania. His focus in early-modern Spain, with research interests in intellectual, religious, and economic history; representations of violence; national, cultural, religious, and ethnic identities; and the Spanish Enlightenment. While still in the early stages of his dissertation, it is tentatively titled, “On Paupers and Prisoners: Debates and Reforms in the Poor Laws and Penal Codes of Early-Modern Spain,” which hopes to explore the intellectual and social shifts in approaches to poverty and criminality.

Anna Marion

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.

James Shackelford

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 Vazquez

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.

André Victor Luduvice

André Victor Luduvice is a fourth year PhD Student in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interest is on macroeconomics with focus on social insurance design, inequality and firm dynamics. Prior to Penn, he earned his Master’s in Economics from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (EPGE-FGV/RJ) and his Bachelor in Economics from the University of Brasília. He has been an intern in the Research Department of the Central Bank of Brazil (Depep) and is currently a part-time Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.