Faculty Fellows

Our faculty fellows were invited to work with the Notre Dame Law School Religious Liberty Initiative based on their excellent scholarship and contributions to the fight for religious freedom domestically and abroad.

  1. Roger Alford

    Roger Alford

    Professor of Law

    Roger Alford

    Professor of Law

    Professor Alford teaches and writes in a wide range of subject-matter areas, including international trade, international arbitration, international antitrust, and comparative law.

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  2. Gerard Bradley

    Gerard V. Bradley

    Professor of Law

    Gerard V. Bradley

    Professor of Law

    Professor Bradley teaches Legal Ethics and Constitutional Law. In addition, he directs the Natural Law Institute and co-edits The American Journal of Jurisprudence, an international forum for legal philosophy.

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  3. Samuel Bray

    Samuel L. Bray

    John N. Matthews Professor of Law

    Samuel L. Bray

    John N. Matthews Professor of Law

    Professor Bray's scholarship focuses on remedies and equity, and he teaches Remedies, Civil Procedure, Property, and Constitutional Law. Bray is also a McDonald Distinguished Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.

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  4. Paolo Carozza

    Paolo Carozza

    Professor of Law; Concurrent Professor of Political Science

    Paolo Carozza

    Professor of Law; Concurrent Professor of Political Science

    Professor Carozza’s expertise is in the areas of comparative constitutional law, human rights, law and development, and international law.

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  5. Diane Desierto

    Diane Desierto

    Professor of Law and Global Affairs; Faculty Director, LL.M. in International Human Rights Law

    Diane Desierto

    Professor of Law and Global Affairs; Faculty Director, LL.M. in International Human Rights Law

    Holding a joint appointment with the Keough School of Global Affairs, Professor Desierto teaches, publishes, and practices in several areas of international law and human rights.

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  6. Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

    Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

    President-Elect and Associate Professor of Political Science

    Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

    President-Elect and Associate Professor of Political Science

    A graduate of Notre Dame, Rev. Dowd received his doctorate in political science from UCLA. His research interests include African politics, ethnic politics, and the relationship between religion, political institutions, national identity, and human development.

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  7. Nicole Stelle Garnett

    Nicole Stelle Garnett

    Associate Dean for External Engagement; John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law

    Nicole Stelle Garnett

    Associate Dean for External Engagement; John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law

    Nicole Stelle Garnett's teaching and research focus on education policy and topics related to property law (especially land use and urban development policies). Currently, she is engaged in an ambitious research effort in collaboration with scholars from around the world to gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal rules governing, and public funds available to, faith-based schools in the Global South.

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  8. Rick Garnett

    Richard W. Garnett

    Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law; Concurrent Professor of Political Science; Director, Program on Church, State & Society

    Richard W. Garnett

    Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law; Concurrent Professor of Political Science; Director, Program on Church, State & Society

    Professor Garnett teaches and writes about the freedoms of speech, association, and religion and constitutional law more generally. He is a leading authority on questions and debates regarding the role of religious believers and beliefs in politics and society. 

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  9. Sherif Girgis

    Sherif Girgis

    Associate Professor of Law

    Sherif Girgis

    Associate Professor of Law

    Professor Girgis’ work at the intersection of philosophy and law — including criminal law, constitutional liberties, and jurisprudence — has appeared in academic and popular venues. He is the co-author of Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, released by Oxford University Press in 2017.

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  10. Mary Keys

    Mary Keys

    Professor of Political Science

    Mary Keys

    Professor of Political Science

    Professor Keys’ research and teaching interests span a broad spectrum of political theory, with a special focus in Christianity, ethics, and political thought.

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  11. Rev John Paul Kimes

    Rev. John Paul Kimes

    Associate Professor of the Practice, Notre Dame Law School; Raymond of Peñafort Fellow in Canon Law, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

    Rev. John Paul Kimes

    Associate Professor of the Practice, Notre Dame Law School; Raymond of Peñafort Fellow in Canon Law, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

    Prior to joining the Notre Dame Law School faculty, Rev. Kimes served for 11 years as a canon lawyer at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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  12. Marah Stith McLeod

    Marah McLeod

    Associate Professor of Law

    Marah McLeod

    Associate Professor of Law

    Marah Stith McLeod joined Notre Dame Law School in 2016. She teaches criminal law and criminal procedure and studies legal and ethical problems in these areas. Her scholarship explores the distribution of decisional power in the criminal justice system and the theory and practice of criminal punishment, including the death penalty.

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  13. Vincent Phillip Muñoz

    Vincent Phillip Muñoz

    Tocqueville Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Professor of Law

    Vincent Phillip Muñoz

    Tocqueville Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Professor of Law

    Professor Muñoz is the founding director of Notre Dame's undergraduate minor in Constitutional Studies and directs Notre Dame's Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government.

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  14. Dan Philpott

    Daniel Philpott

    Professor of Political Science

    Daniel Philpott

    Professor of Political Science

    Professor Philpott specializes in religion and global politics, focusing on religious freedom, reconciliation, the political behavior of religious actors, and Christian political theology.

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  15. Christian Smith

    Christian Smith

    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology

    Christian Smith

    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology

    Professor Smith’s research interests include social theory, culture, capitalism, globalization, environment, exploitation, philosophy of social science, religion, and youth.

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  16. O Carter Snead

    O. Carter Snead

    Professor of Law; Director, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture; Concurrent Professor of Political Science

    O. Carter Snead

    Professor of Law; Director, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture; Concurrent Professor of Political Science

    Professor Snead is one of the world’s leading experts on public bioethics — the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. His research explores issues relating to neuroethics, enhancement, human embryo research, assisted reproduction, abortion, and end-of-life decision-making.

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