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The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is proud to announce the 2024 class of McDonald Distinguished Senior Fellows.

The McDonald Distinguished Senior Fellowship Program gathers together more than a dozen esteemed scholars from the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian traditions to promote leading research in the area of law and religion. In recent years, this fellowship program has produced numerous books, chapters, and articles by dozens of participating fellows, as well as three major symposia on “Christianity and Tax Law,” “Christianity, Liberalism, and the Constitution,” and “Law, Christianity, and Racial Justice.” Our new incoming group of fellows will continue this tradition. The group is currently scheduled to meet regularly in the United States and Europe between 2024 to 2029 in order to promote a new set of scholars and develop another integrated series of books and articles rooted in the intersection of law and religion. This diverse and respected cohort have been drawn from elite universities across the US and Europe and their work will add fresh contributions to CSLR’s printed and digital scholarship.

Meet the Fellows

Margo Bagley

Vice Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law

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Samuel Bray

John N. Matthews Professor of Law at Notre Dame and faculty fellow at both the University’s Program on Private Law and the Law School Religious Liberty Initiative

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Nathan Chapman

Brock Professor of Law at University of Georgia

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Maria Doerfler

Associate Professor of Late Antiquity in the Religious Studies Department at Yale University

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Kellen Funk

Professor of Law at Columbia Law School

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Mónica García-Salmones Rovira

Assistant Professor in Foundations of Law at Maastricht University, Netherlands

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Philip Gorski

Frederick and Laura Goff Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Yale University

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Polly Ha

Associate Professor of early modern history at Duke University in the Divinity School and History Department

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Judith Hahn

Professor of Canon Law and Vice Dean for Research and International Affairs, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Bonn University

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Isidoros Katsos

Assistant Professor of Theological Epistemology and Philosophy at the Divinity Faculty, National University of Athens

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Joel B. Kemp

Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology

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Aristotle Papanikolaou

Professor of Theology, the Archbishop Demetrios Chair of Orthodox Theology and Culture, and the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University

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Andrea Pin

Full Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Padua

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Jeffrey Pojanowski

Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School

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Ashley Purpura

Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University

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Pamela Slotte Russo

Professor of Religion and Law at Åbo Akademi University, Finland; affiliated senior research fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights and Vice-director of the Center of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives at the University of Helsinki, Finland

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Mark Storslee

Associate Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law

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Brent A. Strawn

D. Moody Smith Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Professor of Law at Duke University

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Marietta van der Tol

Alfred Landecker Postdoctoral Fellow, the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University

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CSLR Project Leadership

Whittney Barth

Executive Director and Charlotte McDaniel Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

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Thomas Jared Farmer

McDonald Scholar in Residence at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

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Amy Wheeler

Chief of Staff at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

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John Witte, Jr.

Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor of Religion, and Faculty Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

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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.

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