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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

Contributing Editor: Mark Bauerlein

Senior Editor: Matthew Schmitz

Senior Editor: Julia Yost

Managing Editor: Lauren Wilson Geist

Editor at Large: James Nuechterlein

Poetry Editor: A. M. Juster

Associate Editor: Ramona Tausz

Assistant Editor: Moriah Speciale

Junior Fellow: Veronica Clarke

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

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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.

Mark Bauerlein, Contributing 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 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Weekly Standard, Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other national periodicals.

Matthew Schmitz, Senior Editor. Matthew Schmitz has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Spectator of London, the Hedgehog Review, and other publications. He holds an A.B. in English from Princeton University.

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

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.

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.

A. M. Juster, Poetry Editor. A.M. Juster is a widely published poet, translator and literary critic. He has also served in senior roles for four presidents, as we disclosed in our June 2010 issue.

Ramona Tausz, Associate EditorRamona Tausz graduated from Hillsdale College in 2017 with a degree in English and a minor in Journalism. She interned previously at The Federalist and The Times of Israel.

Moriah Speciale, Assistant Editor. Moriah Speciale holds a B.A. in English from Baylor University and an M.A. in Religion and the Arts from Yale Divinity School. She interned previously at Baylor University Press.

Veronica Clarke, Junior Fellow. Veronica Clarke holds a B.A. in the Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College. She interned previously on Capitol Hill (for Senator Mike Enzi and Congresswoman Liz Cheney).


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 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 a Managing Director at FCLTGlobal, a not-for-profit focused on driving longer-term behaviors across the investment value chain. Mr. Shaw joined FCLTGlobal after completing a 2018 fellowship appointment at Harvard, where he focused on the future of capitalism and free markets. He is also an Adjunct Professor at SMU’s Cox School of Business. Prior to his current roles, he was president of Holly Energy Partners LP (NYSE: HEP), which provided refined product and crude oil transportation, tankage, and terminal services to the petroleum industry. Mr. Shaw has also been Chief Financial Officer of Holly Corporation (NYSE: HOC) and HEP, was a consultant for McKinsey & Company, and also serves on the boards of the Institute on Religion & Public Life (publisher of First Things) and The Covenant School Foundation. Mr. Shaw earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Bruce is married to Bonnie, and they have two daughters.

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.