Villanova, Pa. – Daniel Mark, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, has been awarded a visiting fellowship at the University of Notre Dame for the 2017-2018 academic year. As a visiting fellow, he will be delving deeper into his research concerning politics and religion.
As a visiting fellow, Dr. Mark’s research will focus on the on the relationship between civic identity and religious identity in democratic societies. Applying political theory, he will tackle how society deals with pluralism, or in other words, respect differences while also desiring unity.
Dr. Mark teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion at Villanova. Since 2014 he has also served as a member of the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State and Congress. He was elected Vice Chairman of the Commission last year.
Dr. Mark is a faculty associate of Villanova’s Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good and holds the rank of battalion professor for the University’s Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) unit. In addition, he has been a mentor in Villanova’s Faith and Learning Scholars Program and serves on the Graduate Committee of the Department of Political Science and the steering committee of Villanova’s new Political Theology Project. Dr. Mark has been quoted in major news outlets including CNN, the Associated Press and National Catholic Reporter.
“I am very grateful to have the time to substantially advance my research agenda and benefit from collaboration with many great scholars at Notre Dame,” Dr. Mark said. “I am exceedingly appreciative of Villanova for being so supportive of my research and my growth as a teacher-scholar.”
About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.