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The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is proud to announce the inaugural class of McDonald Distinguished Fellows.

These thirteen Christian scholars of law, theology, history, and ethics have embarked on distinguished academic careers and will be appointed to a five-year term from 2019 to 2024.  In partnership with the McDonald Agape Foundation, this diverse group of scholars will receive financial, intellectual, and social support from the CSLR as they produce books, articles, interviews, and public lectures. The Fellows will meet together for twenty days of intense roundtables with CSLR Director John Witte, Jr. and other senior CSLR scholars, and the group will remain in virtual contact throughout the five years – and ideally thereafter. The roundtables will first explore preliminary book projects, and then intense discussion of work in progress by each fellow. Our aim is to create an intense and intentional community of young Christian legal scholars who can discover and develop new layers of insight through deep conversation, and then communicate that new learning in traditional print and new virtual formats. 

McDonald Distinguished Fellows

Kathleen Brady

Kathleen Brady is a Senior Fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. 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...

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Samuel Bray

Samuel L. Bray is a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, and previously served as a professor of law at UCLA. He is a leading scholar in the fields of remedies and equity, and also writes about constitutional law...

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Allen Calhoun

Allen Calhoun’s career has followed parallel tracks in law and theology. After completing seminary, he pursued a law degree, became a tax lawyer, and earned an LL.M. in taxation. His research interests led him to enter legal publishing...

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Nathan Chapman

Nathan Chapman is a tenured Associate Professor and award-winning teacher at the University of Georgia School of Law. He teaches courses in constitutional law, procedure, and legal ethics, and writes on due process and law and religion...

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Sarah Gerwig-Moore

Professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore teaches Criminal Law, Law & Literature, and clinical courses at Mercer Law School, where she also serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In 2013, she received the AALS Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award for work in developing and teaching the Habeas Project...

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Andrew Hayashi

Andrew Hayashi is an expert in tax law, tax policy and behavioral law and economics. He joined the University of Virginia School of Law’s faculty in July 2013. Before joining the UVA Law faculty, he was the Nourallah Elghanayan Research Fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University...

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Terri Montague

Terri Montague combines her passion for thriving, sustainable communities, and economic justice as a federal government attorney and servant leader who shares her expertise with civic, faith-based, and community involvement efforts nationally, regionally and locally...

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Melissa Moschella

Melissa Moschella is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, received a Licentiate in Philosophy summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and earned her PhD in Political Philosophy from Princeton University...

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Brandon Paradise

Brandon Paradise is Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of race, law and religion and law and theology. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a master’s degree in church history from Union Theological Seminary...

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Audra Savage

Audra L. Savage is the post-doctoral fellow in Law, Religion and Human Rights at CSLR. Her work examines the law’s effect on the rights of racial and religious minorities, as well as the intersections of law and religion, law and race, and corporate theory...

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Mark Storslee

Mark Storslee is an Assistant Professor at Penn State Law. His research focuses on the First Amendment, especially religion and speech. He has published in the University of Chicago Law Review, The Review of Politics, and Political Theology among other journals...

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Anna Su

Anna Su is associate professor on the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Her research interests are in law and religion, and the law and history of international human rights. She is the author of Exporting Freedom: Religious Liberty and American Power (Harvard University Press, 2016)...

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George Walters-Sleyon

George M. Walters-Sleyon possesses an interdisciplinary and international academic background. He earned his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Practical Theology, Comparative Criminal Justice / Criminology, and Ethics; he also served as a Tutor at the School of Law and the School of Divinity...

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CSLR Project Leadership

John Bernau

John Bernau is the Digital Scholarship Fellow at the CSLR. His research focuses on religion, language, and culture from a sociological perspective. He previously served as a Digital Scholarship Specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS)...

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Justin Latterell

Justin Latterell is the Interim Managing Director of the CSLR and the Research Director for Law and Christianity at CSLR. He previously served as Assistant Professor in the Practice of Sociology and Religion and Director of the Lilly Grant for Financial Literacy at Candler School of Theology...

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Amy Wheeler

Amy Wheeler is Administrative Director of the Law and Christianity Project and Director's Associate in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory. She received an advanced studies degree at the Candler School of Theology with a focus on religion, music, and liturgy...

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John Witte, Jr.

John Witte, Jr. is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law McDonald Distinguished Professor of Religion, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory. An award-winning teacher, distinguished scholar, and long-serving director of the CSLR...

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McDonald Agape Foundation

McDonald Agape Foundation

The McDonald Agape Foundation encourages and supports distinguished Christian scholars and scholarship at elite universities in the United States, Europe, and on the Pacific Rim. The Foundation works only with a small, selected group of leading scholars who have attained both the highest levels of academic standing and represent models of spiritual knowledge and faith in their scholarship, teaching, and service.

For more information: http://www.mcdonaldagape.org/