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: Mark Bauerlein

Literary Editor: Matthew Schmitz

Managing Editor: Lauren Wilson Geist

Deputy Editor: Elliot Milco

Editor at Large:James Nuechterlein

Contributing Writer: David Bentley Hart

Poetry Editor: Paul Lake

Web & Digital Media Consultant: Austin Stone

Senior Fellow: Francesca Murphy

Assistant Editor: Bianca Czaderna

Junior Fellow: Alexi Sargeant

Institute Board: Robert Louis Wilken (Chairman), Frederic H. Clark, Elizabeth Corey, Mary Ann Glendon, Russell Hittinger, Colin Moran, David Novak, James N. Perry Jr., Bruce Shaw, 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.

Mark Bauerlein, Senior Editor. Mark Bauerlein is Senior Editor at First Things and Professor of
English at Emory University, where he has taught since earning his PhD in English at UCLA in
1989. For two years (2003-05) he served as Director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the
National Endowment for the Arts. His books include Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997), The
Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief (1997), and The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (2008). His essays have appeared in PMLA, Partisan Review, Wilson Quarterly, Commentary, and New Criterion, and his commentaries and reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Weekly Standard, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other national periodicals.

Matthew Schmitz, Literary 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 Geist, Managing Editor. Lauren Wilson Geist 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 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Dallas.

Elliot Milco, Deputy Editor. Elliot Milco is the founder of The Josias, a digital compendium of Catholic political thought. His writing has appeared in First Things, Front Porch Republic, and The New York Times. He holds an M.A. in Theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, and a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University.

James Nuechterlein, Editor at Large. James Nuechterlein is a senior fellow of the Institute on Religion and Public Life. He was formerly professor of American studies and political thought at Valparaiso University. His writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including American Scholar, Review of Politics, South Atlantic Quarterly, Commentary,Virginia Quarterly Review, National Review, and the New Criterion.

David Bentley Hart, Contributing Writer. David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian, philosopher, and cultural commentator. He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), Duke Divinity School, and Loyola College in Maryland. He was most recently a visiting professor at Providence College, where he also previously held the Robert J. Randall Chair in Christian Culture. His most recent book is The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss.

Paul Lake, Poetry Editor. Paul Lake was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he received his M. A. He has taught English and Creative Writing at Santa Clara University and Arkansas Tech. Since 2006, he has been the poetry editor of First Things. His poems and essays have been widely published, and he has authored the poetry collections Another Kind of Travel and Walking Backward, as well as two novels, Among the Immortals and Cry Wolf: A Political Fable. In 2013 his poetry collection The Republic of Virtue won the Richard Wilbur Award and was published by the University of Evansville Press.

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.

Francesca Murphy, Senior Fellow. Francesca Murphy is a Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Her most recent book is Illuminating Faith (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Bianca Czaderna, Assistant Editor. Bianca Czaderna graduated from Williams College in 2011, where she majored in English and was able to take some Theology courses with the Dominican Blackfriars while studying abroad in England. She then went on to get a Masters degree in Theological Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she concentrated in the History of Christianity. Last year, she was the Junior Fellow at First Things.

Alexi Sargeant, Junior Fellow. Alexi Sargeant hails from Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. He majored in English and Theater Studies at Yale University, graduating in 2015. His writings have appeared in the Yale Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Imagine magazine, and his plays have been performed in Philadelphia and at Yale.


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.

Elizabeth Corey. Elizabeth Corey is associate professor of political science in the Honors College at Baylor University. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and Louisiana State University. Her book, Michael Oakeshott on Religion, Aesthetics, and Politics, was published by the University of Missouri Press.

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.

Bruce R. Shaw. Bruce R. Shaw is an advisor at HollyFrontier Corporation. He previously served as president of Holly Energy Partners LP and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is on several boards, including those of the Covenant School Foundation in Dallas and the International Arts Movement in New York City.

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.