First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.

Editor: R.R. Reno

Senior Editor: Midge Decter

Deputy Editor: Matthew Schmitz

Managing Editor: Lauren Wilson

Assistant Editor: Matthew Cantirino

Editor at Large:  James Nuechterlein

Contributing Writer: David Bentley Hart

Poetry Editor: Paul Lake

Web & Digital Media Consultant: Austin Stone

Junior Fellows: Tristyn K. Bloom, Sandra Laguerta, B. D. McClay, David Nolan

Institute Board: Robert Louis Wilken (Chairman), Frederic H. Clark, Mary Ann Glendon, Russell Hittinger, Colin Moran, David Novak, James N. Perry Jr., Larry A. Smith, George Weigel

Advisory Council: Claudia Anderson, Gary A. Anderson, Ryan T. Anderson, Hadley Arkes, Stephen M. Barr, Eric Cohen, David Dalin, Joseph Davis, Midge Decter, Thomas Derr, Douglas Farrow, Timothy Fuller, Robert P. George, Timothy George, Terryl Givens, Chad Hatfield, Mark C. Henrie, Robert Jenson, Peter Leithart, Wilfred M. McClay, Michael Novak, Cornelius Plantinga, Ephraim Radner

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First Things STAFF:

R. R. Reno, Editor and Executive Director. R. R. Reno has been published in many academic journals; his essays and opinion pieces on religion, public life, contemporary culture, and current events have appeared in Commentary and the Washington Post, among other popular outlets. His most recent books include Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible and Fighting the Noonday Devil, published in December 2010. Reno has appeared as a guest on CNN’s Crossfire, EWTN’s Faith & Culture, and numerous radio shows.

Midge Decter, Interim Senior Editor. Midge Decter is a prolific writer who has held positions at Commentary, Harper’s, Basic Books, and Legacy Books. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic, National Review, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, and The American Spectator, among other prominent media outlets. Decter is the author of several books, the most recent of which is Rumsfeld: A Personal Portrait.

Matthew Schmitz, Deputy Editor. Matthew Schmitz was the founding managing editor of Public Discourse, the online publication of the Witherspoon Institute. His writing has appeared in Christianity Today, First Things, Front Porch Republic, The Human Life Review, and Public Discourse. He holds an A.B. in English from Princeton University.

Lauren Wilson, Managing Editor. Lauren Wilson was the communications coordinator of K-12 education programs at the Philanthropy Roundtable. She was also managing editor of Public Discourse, the online publication of the Witherspoon Institute. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Dallas.

Matthew Cantirino, Assistant Editor. A native of Brooklyn, Matthew Cantirino previously served as a junior fellow at First Things, becoming assistant editor in 2012. He holds a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University. He plans to pursue graduate studies in the fall of 2014.

Austin Stone, Web & Digital Media Consultant. Originally from East Tennessee, Austin Stone attended Middle Tennessee State University where he majored in International Relations with a minor in Spanish and Special Education. Austin now serves as a Web and Digital Media Consultant. He has a passion for integrating technology as a tool for sharing the mission of The Institute on Religion and Public Life.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Robert Louis Wilken, Chairman and President. Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Kenan Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia. His books include The Spirit of Early Christian Thought and The Christians as the Romans Saw Them.

David Novak, Vice President. David Novak is the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies and at the University of Toronto. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Georgetown University and a rabbinical diploma from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Novak’s books include In Defense of Religious Liberty and The Sanctity of Human Life.

Frederic Clark. Fred Clark is the founder of Pacific Equity Management and president of the Casillas Foundation. He is Chairman of The Berkeley Institute, founder of Inner City Scholarship, Inc., and a trustee at Fellowship of Catholic University Students, The Institute for Family Studies, and the Witherspoon Institute, among others.

Mary Ann Glendon. Mary Ann Glendon was the United States Ambassador to the Holy See and is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Her books include Rights Talk and A Nation Under Lawyers.

Russell Hittinger. Russell Hittinger is the William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, where he is also a research professor in the School of Law. His books include The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World.

Colin Moran. Colin Moran is a managing partner at Abdiel Capital. He holds degrees from Duke University, Stanford University Law School, and the University of Oxford.

James Perry. James Perry is co-founder and managing director of private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC. He serves on numerous professional and philanthropic boards, including the school board of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Larry A. Smith. Larry Smith is a former private business consultant and now president of ScholarLeaders International, a non-profit ministry that encourages and enables Christian theological leaders. He also serves on the board of the Fuller Theological Seminary.

George Weigel. George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Catholic theologian, and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. His books include Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II and The Cube and the Cathedral.