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Kathleen A.  Brady

Kathleen A. Brady

Affiliated Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University

Areas of Expertise

Religious Freedom; Religion in Public Life; Catholic Social Thought

Curriculum Vitae

Brady is a legal scholar who has held faculty appointments at Villanova University and University of Richmond School of Law. Her publications have appeared in numerous law reviews, and her book The Distinctiveness of Religion in American Law: Rethinking Religion Clause Jurisprudence was the recipient of a book award from the Catholic Press Association in 2016.

Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of law and religion, including the First Amendment religion clauses, religion in public life, law and theology, and Catholic social thought. Her publications have appeared in numerous law reviews.

In 2011, Brady was William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Brady has served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Religion and has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. After law school, Brady clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also served as Assistant to the General Counsel of Yale University and Project Associate for the National Academy of Social Insurance. In 2019, Brady became an inaugural member of the McDonald Distinguished Fellows program, a prestigious sponsorship by the CSLR and McDonald Agape Foundation.

She holds a bachelor of arts from Yale College, a master of arts in religion from Yale Divinity School, and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.