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Conference Participant Bios

Tom Beaudoin is an associate professor of theology in the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University.  His research explores the relationship between secular and spiritual practices, and he directs the rock and theology project for Liturgical Press, which has ten theologians researching the religious significance of popular music.  He is interested in how 20-somethings put together their spiritual world through their musical habits.

Father Robert Beloin, Chaplain at St. Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, was ordained in 1973. He holds degrees from Niagara University and a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Louvain in Belgium. He served as the Director of Pastoral Formation at the American College in Louvain and as a pastor before being named Chaplain at St. Thomas More in 1994. 

Matthew Boudway is an editor at Commonweal magazine.  He is a native of Oracle, Arizona and was educated at Yale, Oxford, and Boston University.

Rachel A. R. Bundang, religious studies faculty and director of social justice education at the Marymount School, earned her doctorate in Constructive Theologies, Praxis, and Ethics from Union Theological Seminary.  She is a founding member of the Asian/Pacific Religious Research Initiative (APARRI) and a participant in the New Voices Seminar for emerging Catholic feminist scholars.  Her work lies in the areas of feminist ethics and theologies, Catholic moral theology, race and religion, and religion and popular culture.
Colleen Carroll Campbell, author, columnist, television and radio host, is a graduate of Marquette University, she began doctoral work in philosophy at Saint Louis University but interrupted her studies to work as one of six speechwriters to President George W. Bush. After leaving the White House, Campbell served as a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.  In 2000, she won a $50,000 Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship to write The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy (Loyola Press, 2002). She writes a weekly op-ed column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, blogs on religion and politics for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and serves as a writer and commentator for national media outlets.  She is the host of “Faith & Culture,” a television and radio interview show that airs internationally on EWTN, Relevant Radio, and Sirius Satellite Radio.

David E. Campbell, the John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, is the founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.  He is the co-author of American Grace, the author of Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life, and the editor of A Matter of Faith: Religion in the 2004 Presidential Election.  He has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and on NBC News, CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, and C-SPAN.

Lisa Cataldo, assistant professor of pastoral counseling at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham, coordinates the clinical placement program and teaches courses in psychology and religion, trauma, professional ethics, clinical diagnosis, and race, culture and gender.  Lisa is a faculty member and supervisor at the National Institute of the Psychotherapies in Manhattan and a practicing psychoanalyst. She is the author of several articles, including “Mourning the Religious Self: An Experience of Multiplicity, Loss, and Religious Melancholia” and “Multiple Selves, Multiple Gods? Functional Polytheism and the Postmodern Religion Patient.”  Her research interests focus on the intersection of psychoanalysis and religion/spirituality.
Carmen María Cervantes is the executive director of Instituto Fe y Vida, and organization dedicated to “Empowering young Hispanics for leadership in Church and society.”  She is an international speaker with extensive experience in pastoral juvenil (ministry with Hispanic youth and young adults), ministry formation and organization, catechesis, research, and pastoral writing.  She writes for and serves as general editor of La Biblia Católica para Jóvenes, a study Bible for Latino youth and young adults and the Diálogos Semanales con Jesús (Weekly Dialogues with Jesus) series.

Melissa A. Cidade is research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University and the director of CARA's Parish Surveys.  Her work at CARA focuses on Catholic education from kindergarten through postsecondary education, parish life, and young adult Catholics.  Highlights from her work with young adult Catholics include a presentation entitled Millennial Outreach:  New Directions, Strategies, and Challenges for Collegiate Outreach in the 21st Century and “Different, not Better:  Millennials’ Engagement with the Catholic Church,” published in the July 2009 edition of Connections: An Online Publication for the Members of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. 

Amanda Daloisio lives in NYC with her husband, Matthew, and two kids.  She lived in two Catholic Worker communities, in Boston and NYC, from 2000-2008 and remains an active part of the NYC community.  She also works with Witness Against Torture, a community of activists dedicated to ending torture, focusing on Guantanamo, Bagram and the unknown black sites.  For the record, she is no longer a twenty-something, but remembers those years fondly

James D. Davidson, emeritus professor of sociology at Purdue, specializes in the sociology of religion, with particular emphasis on studies of American Catholicism and religious stratification. His latest book (with Ralph Pyle) is Ranking Faiths: Religious Stratification in America (2010). He also is author, or co-author, of American Catholics Today (2007), Catholicism in Motion (2005), and several books on American Catholics, including The Search for Common Ground, which received the 1998 Award for Excellence in Research from the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. He has been president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the Religious Research Association, and the North Central Sociological Association, as well as editor of the Review of Religious Research and executive officer of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He has won CARA’s Rev. Louis Luzbetak Award for Exemplary Church Research and NCSA’s Distinguished Service Award among other honors.

Dana Dillon, assistant professor of theology at Providence College, where she teaches classes in moral theology, Catholic social thought, and political theology.  Her primary research area is fundamental moral theology, with a special interest in the connection between subjectivity and objectivity in different approaches to ethical norms and moral action.  She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Duke University. She serves on the board of directors of New Wine, New Wineskins, a symposium for pre-tenure Catholic moral theologians.

Gregory M. Eirich is a Lecturer-in-Discipline at Columbia University, teaching courses in sociology and the program for quantitative methods in the social sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia in 2009, and is a graduate of Fordham (Rose Hill). His research focuses on the causes and consequences of socioeconomic inequality and has studied “rich-get-richer" dynamics in the CEO labor market and the cumulative academic consequences of reading ability groups in the early years of school. His dissertation examined the relationship between parental religiosity and children's educational attainment in the United States. His collaborative work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology and the Annual Review of Sociology.  He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, Keira, and his newborn daughter, Camille.

Meredith Fabian is a member of the young adult leadership team at The Church of the Ascension in Manhattan and part of Contemplative Leaders in Action, a faith-centered leadership program for emerging, young professionals run by the Jesuit Collaborative. She serves as site liaison at the international headquarters of Covenant House, which serves 70,000 homeless youth annually at 21 sites in six countries across the Americas. She holds a M.A. from Teachers College in International Educational Development and a B.A. in Philosophy and International Peace and Conflict Studies from The Ohio State University.

Donna Freitas is associate professor of religion at Hofstra University and writer in residence in the honors college. Her most recent nonfiction book is Sex and the Soul (Oxford University Press).  She has published two novels, The Possibilities of Sainthood (FSG) and This Gorgeous Game (FSG).  In addition, she has written for many newspapers and webzines, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Christianity Today, and she is a contributor to The Washington Post/Newsweek’s panel “On Faith.”

Christine Firer Hinze is Professor of Theology and Director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. Her teaching and research focus on foundational and applied issues in Christian social ethics with special emphasis on U.S. Catholic social thought, and her essays have appeared most recently in Theological Studies, The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, and Studies in Christian Ethics. She was born in Chicago, raised in the city of Detroit, and taught at St. Norbert College and Marquette University prior to her 2006  appointment at Fordham.

Patrick Landry, a native of Milwaukee, WI is currently a middle school teacher at St. Gall School in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Marquette University in 2004 and is currently working on his Master of Science in Education at Northwestern University. He recently completed a two year commitment with the Inner City Teaching Corps in Chicago.

James Martin, SJ, culture editor of America, is the author of several books, including My Life with the Saints and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.  He is a frequent commenter on religion in the national and international media and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post.  He has appeared in venues as diverse as Fox-TV's “The O'Reilly Factor,” NPR's “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” and Comedy Central's “The Colbert Report.”

Bill McGarvey, former editor-in-chief of BustedHalo, is co-author of “The Freshman Survival Guide,” which will be published by Hachette Book Group in April. He has written on culture and faith for NPR, Commonweal, America, The Tablet (London), Factual (Spain), Time Out New York, and Book magazine. He is a singer/songwriter whose music has been critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Billboard and Performing Songwriter.

Malik Muhammed is a graduate student in systematic theology at Fordham. He served as an instructor in the theology department at Xavier University and Associate Administrator for the STEM Scholars program in computer science and engineering programs. During his M.A. studies at Yale, he founded and co-coordinated Glossolalia: YDS Student Review.

Joseph Nuzzi, pastoral associate at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Manhattan, works in evangelization and adult faith formation.  He has directed young adult ministries in two parishes and has worked with young adults in the church for over eleven years.  He received his BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Villanova University, and his MA in Biblical Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell is Associate Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham and teaches courses in English literature and American Catholic studies. She is a poet, author of four collections of poems, and writes essays that engage literature in the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition.  Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including America, Christian Century, Christianity and Literature, Commonweal, The Cresset, First Things, and Studies in Philology, and has been included in essay collections and anthologies.  O'Donnell serves as co-editor of Fordham University Press's new series, "Catholic Practice in North America."  She is also the mother of three “twenty-something” sons.

Robert Parmach, Ph.D., is the Freshman Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH). He also co-directs the College’s Freshman Advising Program, teaches theology, and is a philosophy professor in the Manresa Scholars Program. Professor Parmach’s teaching interests and academic scholarship include philosophical and religious hermeneutics, philosophical theology, and philosophical pedagogy. Parmach has been at Fordham University since 1998, where he continues to be actively involved in many aspects of campus life.

Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, is the author of the bestselling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community and co-author of Better Together: Restoring the American Community, a study of new forms of social connectedness and American Grace. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, USA Today, San Fran­cisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and many other publications. 

Marilyn Santos is the Director of Youth and Inculturation Ministries and Interim Director of the Office of Formation & Discipleship for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  She serves as the President of La Red, the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana.  She was a catechetical speaker at World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia, and has presented in many venues, including The National Catholic Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry, The National Catholic Youth Conference, the National Council of Catholic Hispanic Ministry Conference and in the Archdioceses of New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles.

Jennifer Sawyer, a native of Springfield, MA, is a 2009 graduate of Fordham University Rose Hill, where she studied Journalism, Sociology, and American Catholic Studies. She currently works in television production, and enjoys writing in her spare time. She is a member of the Fordham Alumni CLC program, and active in several young adult Catholic communities in Manhattan. 

Tami Schmitz is Assistant Director of Spirituality in Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame where her responsibilities include: RCIA director, co-director of Encounter Retreats, Grief Ministry coordinator, and spiritual director.  She is an adjunct professor for the ACE Leadership Program and as an interviewer for the Office of Vocations for the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Paul Schutz is an M.A. student in theology at Fordham.  He taught for two years on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and served for four years as the Director of Worship at St. Mary Catholic Church in Evansville, Indiana. A graduate of Boston College, he is the author of “The Art & Challenge of Collaborative Liturgy” and composer of both liturgical and secular music; he has led missions, retreats, and other events centered on the liturgy and liturgical spirituality.  In addition to his studies, Schutz serves as the Assistant Director of Liturgical Music at Fordham.  He is a twenty-something.

Peter Steinfels, author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America, was formerly senior religion correspondent of The New York Times and, until 2010, wrote a biweekly column there on religion and ethics.  With Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, he now directs the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture. He served as an editor of Commonweal magazine, the independent journal published by Catholic lay people, and The Hastings Center Report, the leading journal of medical and scientific ethics.  He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown, Notre Dame, and Dayton; and is a University Professor at Fordham.


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