Leadership - Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Leadership of the Veritas Center

    Dr. Anne Hendershott

    Director, Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life

    Professor of Sociology

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    Before coming to Franciscan University, Dr. Anne Hendershott served as professor of urban studies and the chairman of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program at The King’s College in New York. Prior to that she spent 15 years at the University of San Diego as the director of urban studies and chair of the Department of Sociology, as well as a year at Princeton University as the James Madison Fellow for 2005-06.

    During her long and distinguished career as a sociologist, she has specialized in the study of the politics of abortion and its relation to religion. Her articles have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and National Review, and her books include The Politics of Abortion, Moving for Work, and The Reluctant Caregivers.

    A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, Dr. Hendershott received her BA and MS degrees from Central Connecticut State University and her PhD in sociology from Kent State University. She is married and the mother of two grown children.

    Dr. Stephen Krason

    Associate Director, Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life

    Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies

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    Dr. Stephen Krason joined the Franciscan University faculty in 1986, after serving for three years as Eastern Director of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. In 1992, he co-founded the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and since that time has served as its president and chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as publisher of its scholarly journal, The Catholic Social Science Review.

    A prolific author, Krason’s books include The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism; Preserving a Good Political Order and a Democratic Republic; and The Public Order and the Sacred Order. He also edited or co-edited numerous books, including Parental Rights: The Contemporary Assault on Traditional Liberties; The Recovery of American Education; and the two-volume Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy.

    Krason holds both a JD and PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as an MA in theology from Gannon University. He and his wife, Therese, live in the Steubenville area and have four grown children.

    Dr. Benjamin Wiker

    Senior Fellow, Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life

    Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies

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    Over the past two decades, Dr. Benjamin Wiker has taught courses in philosophy, theology, history, the history and philosophy of science, the history of ethics, the Great Books, Latin, and even mathematics at Marquette University, St. Mary’s University (MN), Thomas Aquinas College (CA), as well as Franciscan.

    His 11 books include Answering the New Atheism, Ten Books That Screwed Up the World, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, Moral Darwinism: How We Became Hedonists, Architects of the Culture of Death, The Mystery of the Periodic Table, and Politicizing the Bible with Scott Hahn.

    Wiker holds a BA in political philosophy from Furman University, and an MA in religion and a PhD in theological ethics, both from Vanderbilt University. He lives with his wife, Teresa, and their seven children near Steubenville.

    Veritas Center Board of Advisors

    • Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco
    • Dr. Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program at Princeton University
    • Dr. Scott Hahn, Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville  
    • Maria Maffucci, President, The Human Life Review
    • Ed Mechmann, Esq., Director of Public Policy, Archdiocese of New York
    • Dr. Tracey Rowland, St. John Paul II Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame (Australia)
    • Dr. Kevin Schmiesing, Research Fellow, Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • Dr. Joseph Varacalli, Professor of Sociology, State University of New York, Nassau Community College
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