Acton Policy Experts

  • Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship

    Andreas Widmer is Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship.  He is the cofounder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invest in original research, books, films, and websites to further enterprise solutions to poverty. He works closely with entrepreneurs, investors, and faith leaders around the world to foster enterprise solutions to poverty and promote virtuous business practices, with an emphasis upon developing entrepreneurial initiatives at the intersection of business and faith.

    Andreas is a seasoned business executive with experience in high-tech and international business strategy consulting and economic development. He was an executive in residence at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. He served as CEO of OTF Group...

  • Research Fellow and Associate Editor
  • PovertyCure Strategy & Engagement Manager
  • Research Fellow

    Dr. Anthony Bradley, associate professor of theology at The King's College in New York City and a research fellow at the Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley holds Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. As a research fellow, Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals, including: the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, and World Magazine. Dr. Bradley is called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues...

  • Website Developer
  • Associate Director of Program Outreach

    Dan Churchwell, M.A. comes to Acton from Dakota Wesleyan University, where he served as Program Coordinator and Instructor for Leadership and Public Policy at the McGovern Center.  Prior to DWU, Churchwell was an instructor and administrator at the Spokane, WA campus of Moody Bible Institute where he taught courses in philosophy, apologetics, and philosophy of education. Dan holds an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Central Baptist Seminary, a B.A. from Northland International University, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from St. Thomas University in MN.  He also has further graduate study in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Development Associate

    David is a Development Associate for the Acton Institute, joining Acton in 2014. David is from the Metro-Detroit Area and studied at the Moody Bible Institute earning a B.A. in Communications, emphasizing in nonprofit management in 2013. Before joining the Acton Institute, David worked in the development departments at Meadowbrook Hall, Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Moody Radio and Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Relief Organization.

  • Senior Fellow in Economics

    Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Senior Fellow in Economics at the Acton Institute and regular contributor to National Review Online and The National Catholic Register, received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester. Until recently, she was a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She has been on the faculty of Yale University and George Mason University, and is the author of Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family doesn't work.

  • Research Fellow

    Kevin Schmiesing, Ph.D., is a research fellow for  the research department at the Acton Institute. He is a frequent writer on Catholic social thought and economics, is the author of American Catholic Intellectuals, 1895-1955 (Edwin Mellen Press, 2002) and is most recently the author of Within the Market Strife: American Catholic Economic Thought from Rerum Novarum to Vatican II (Lexington Books, 2004).

    Dr. Schmiesing holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in history from...

  • Director of Istituto Acton

    Kishore Jayabalan is director of Istituto Acton, the Acton Institute's Rome office. Formerly, he worked for the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace as an analyst for environmental and disarmament issues and desk officer for English-speaking countries. Kishore Jayabalan earned a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In college, he was executive editor of The Michigan Review and an economic policy intern for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He worked as an international economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C. and then graduated with an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto.

    During his graduate studies, Kishore was baptized and received into the Roman Catholic Church by Pope John...

  • External Relations - Asia Pacific

    Li Zhao Schoolland is the Founder of TFT Events which has organized successful Austrian Economics Conferences and Summer camps since 2010 in China, Slovakia, Romania, Indonesia, and Morocco. She is a columnist writing a weekly column in China on Child-rearing and has given talks about individual liberty at numerous international conferences and summer camps in Mongolia, China, USA, Ukraine, Japan, Malaysia, India, and the Republic of Georgia. Through TFT Events,  Li has arranged for the Chinese translation and publication of works by Jesus Huerta de Soto, Michael Oliver, Doug Casey, Ken Schoolland, The Acton Institute, and Jeffrey Tucker.

    Li was a high school and university teacher for many years in Hawaii, Minnesota, and China. She served as the youth director of Chinese...

  • Research Fellow, Producer of Poverty, Inc.

    Michael Matheson Miller is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in the Washington Times, The Detroit News, The LA Daily News, and Real Clear Politics.  He is the Director and Host of the PovertyCure DVD Series and has appeared in various video curricula including Doing the Right Thing,...

  • Staff Accountant
  • President

    Looking for Rev. Robert Sirico's Defending the Free Market book?

    Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America, following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-...

  • Director of Research

    Dr. Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute. He has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. He has an MA in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy and political economy from the University of Oxford, where he worked under the supervision of Professor John Finnis.

    He is the author of several books, including Morality, Law, and Public Policy (2000), Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded (2001),...

  • Director of Program Outreach

    Trey Dimsdale comes to Acton from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he served as the Associate Director and Research Fellow in Law and Public Policy for the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement.  At the Land Center, Trey helped to administrate a very active calendar of events that involved students, academics, and pastors from around the broader Christian world.  Beyond his work at Southwestern, Trey is actively involved as a board member and advisor for the National Faith and Work Association, the Lausanne Movement’s Workplace Forum, and as an organizer of a program in the Balkans that seeks to equip unemployed and underemployed young people to launch new businesses.