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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 Editors: Julia YostDan Hitchens 

Managing Editor: Lauren Wilson Geist

Deputy Editor: Ramona Tausz

Associate Editors: Veronica ClarkeJustin Lee 

Junior Fellows: Claire Giuntini, Germán Saucedo

Poetry Editor: Micah Mattix

Contributing Editors: Mark Bauerlein, Carl R. Trueman, Shalom Carmy 

Editor at Large: James Nuechterlein

Consulting Editor: Francis X. Maier

Institute Board: Colin Moran (Chairman), Frederic H. Clark, Elizabeth Corey, James Hankins, Russell Hittinger, David Novak, James N. Perry Jr., Bruce Shaw, Larry A. Smith, George WeigelRobert Louis Wilken,

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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 the New York Times, 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; Fighting the Noonday Devil; and Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society, published in August 2016. Reno has appeared as a guest on CNN’s Crossfire, EWTN’s Faith & Culture, and numerous radio shows.

Julia Yost, Senior Editor. Julia Yost holds a B.A. in English from the Schreyer Honors College of Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in English from Yale University, and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dan Hitchens, Senior Editor. Dan Hitchens is a former editor of the Catholic Herald and has written for publications including the Spectator, the Times and the Wall Street Journal. He holds a PhD in English from Oxford 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.

Ramona Tausz, Deputy EditorRamona Tausz holds a B.A. in English from Hillsdale College. 

Justin Lee. Justin Lee is a former editor of Arc Digital and has written for publications as varied as ViceSpectatorThe IndependentZYZZYVANew York PostReligion and Ethics, and the American Mind. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Literature from Taylor University and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of California, Irvine. 

Veronica Clarke, Associate Editor. Veronica Clarke holds a B.A. in the Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College. She interned previously on Capitol Hill. 

Claire Giuntini, Junior Fellow. Claire Giuntini holds a B.A. in classics from the University of Dallas.

Germán Saucedo, Junior Fellow. Germán Saucedo holds a law degree from Panamerican University in Mexico City. He previously practiced law in Mexico for two years.

Micah Mattix, Poetry Editor. Micah Mattix is a professor of English at Regent University. His criticism and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Pleiades, Humanities, National Review, The New Criterion, and many other publications. His most recent book is The Soul Is a Stranger in this World: Essays on Poets and Poetry (Cascade). 

Mark Bauerlein, Contributing Editor. Mark Bauerlein is a Professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since earning his PhD in English at UCLA in 1989. For two years (2003–5) 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 PMLAPartisan ReviewWilson QuarterlyCommentary, and New Criterion, and his commentaries and reviews in the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostBoston GlobeWeekly Standard, GuardianChronicle of Higher Education, and other national periodicals.

Carl R. Trueman, Contributing Editor. Carl R. Trueman is a professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Shalom Carmy, Contributing Editor. Shalom Carmy teaches Jewish studies and philosophy at Yeshiva University and is editor emeritus of Tradition.

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 ScholarReview of PoliticsSouth Atlantic QuarterlyCommentary,Virginia Quarterly ReviewNational Review, and the New Criterion.

Francis X. Maier, Consulting Editor. Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. 


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

David Novak, Vice President. David Novak is the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies 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.

James Hankins. James Hankins is a professor of history at Harvard University. He is the founder and General Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library (Harvard University Press) and Associate Editor of the Catalogus Translationum and Commentariorum (Union Academique Internationale). 

Russell Hittinger. Russell Hittinger is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America, where he is also Research Professor Ordinarius in the Pontifical School of Philosophy. His books include On the Dignity of Society: Catholic Social Teaching and Natural Law.

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 as chairman of Empower Illinois, which developed and laid the groundwork for the state's tax credit scholarship program to serve low-income Illinois families.

Bruce R. Shaw. Bruce R. Shaw is the Executive Director of The Denny Center for Democratic Capitalism at Georgetown Law. Prior to his current role, Mr. Shaw worked as a strategy consultant and a public company chief financial officer. He also serves on the board of the International Arts Movement based in New York City. 

Larry A. Smith. Larry Smith is a former private business consultant and now president emeritus 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.

Robert Louis WilkenRobert 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.