About Us

The following are the biographies of the organizers and spokespeople of the “More than a Monologue” event series.

Fairfield University

Dr. Paul Lakeland is the Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of Fairfield University’s Center for Catholic Studies. Hired in 1981, he is a former chairperson of the Religious Studies Department and a former director of the Honors Program. He holds a Licentiate in Philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum (1969), an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University (1972), a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London (1977) and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University (1981). He is the author of many books, including the award-winning duo, The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church (2003) and Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church (2007). He is a member of the newly-formed five-person Advisory Council to Voice of the Faithful.

Fordham University

Christine Firer Hinze is Professor of Theology and Director of the Francis & Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. Her teaching and research focus on Christian social ethics with special emphasis on Catholic social teaching, economic justice, women, families and work. Her essays have appeared most recently in Theological StudiesThe 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.

J. Patrick Hornbeck II is Assistant Professor of Theology and Medieval Studies at Fordham University.  His teaching and research focus on the issues of heresy, dissent, and marginalization in the history of Christianity. Key publications include What Is a Lollard? Dissent and Belief in Late Medieval England (Oxford University Press, 2010), Wycliffite Controversies (Brepols, 2011), and articles on heresy in late medieval England and on trends in American higher education.  A Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar, he received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University (2003) and his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Oxford (2004, 2007).

Union Theological Seminary

Kelby Harrison is the Post-Doctoral Fellow in Social Ethics (Sexual and LGBTQ Ethics) at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Harrison is currently working on questions in constructive ethics for LGBTQ persons including identity passing, outing, and queer critiques/employment of “family.” She has a strong interest in the critical evaluation of theological and sexual ethics as well as the past, present, and future of queer liberation theology.


Yale Divinity School

Michael A. Norko MD, MAR is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in the Law and Psychiatry Division, Director of Forensic Services for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University (1979), his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical Center (1983) and trained in psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York and in mental health administration at the New School for Social Research (1983-1987). He completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale in 1988, and earned a Master of Arts in Religion degree from Yale Divinity School in 2010. He has published and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to psychiatry and law, including his special interests in the use of the concepts of dangerousness and risk in psychiatric practice. He teaches a course in the Yale Department of Psychiatry on Religion, Spirituality and Worldview in Psychiatry.

Diana M. Swancutt is Associate Professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the life and writings of the Apostle Paul, particularly on the impact and intersections of gender, desire, ethnicity, politics and empire in communities formed by the Pauline movement and on ancient and modern interpretations of the letters he wrote. She has authored several articles on gender and sexuality in New Testament interpretation, including “Sexy Stoics and the Rereading of Romans 1:18-2:16,” “Sexing the Pauline Body of Christ,” and “‘The Disease of Effemination’ and the Verdict of God.” Her first book Pax Christi: Empire, Identity, and Paul’s Letter to the Romans, is coming out this year, and she is currently at work on a monograph on gender ideology and the Body of Christ.

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