Edna and George McMahon Aquinas Chair in Philosophy
PhD, University of Notre Dame
MMS, University of Notre Dame
BA, Cornell College
- Philosophy and disabilities (especially autism spectrum disorder)
- Ancient and medieval philosophy
- Philosophy of religion
- Philosophy of human nature
Courses Recently Taught
- Gateway to Autistic Experiences (AUST 500)
- Autism and Humanity (AUST 510)
- Autism and Ethics (AUST 611)
- Villanova University, faculty, philosophy
- Augustana University, faculty, philosophy and classics
Creative and Scholarly Work
- “Should We Tell Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder That They Have Autism? A Question for Disputation.” SOPHIA Symposium on “Disability, Civic Responsibility, and Community Friendship,” University of Mississippi, February 26, 2011.
- “Embodiment, Ensoulment, and Cognitive Disability: Resources from the Writings of Thomas Aquinas.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12, 2013.
- “The Importance of Rapture in the Thought of Aquinas.” Nova et Vetera, English Edition 12, 1. (2014): 255–85.
- “Faith and Reason in the Wake of Milbank and Pickstock.” International Philosophical Quarterly 48, 3. (2008): 381–96.
- “Truth or Transcendentals: What Was St. Thomas’s Intention at De Veritate 1.1?” The Thomist 67. (2003): 197–219.
- “Integrating Beauty: Reflections on the Psychology, Ontology and Etiology of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae 1.5.4.” The Saint Anselm Journal 8, 1. (2012): 1–18.
- "Autism and Assisted Suicide." Journal of Disability and Religion. December 17, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/23312521.2019.1694463
The American Catholic Philosophical Association
The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy