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    [GRAND RAPIDS, MI – June 19, 2023] - Dr. Anthony Bradley has been named Distinguished Research Fellow at the Acton Institute. He joins Dr. John Pinheiro’s department in Research the beginning of June 2023 at the Acton Institute headquarters, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    “For over three decades, the Acton Institute has been an international leader in promoting free and virtuous societies and I look forward to advancing Acton’s mission in the United States and around the world,” Dr. Bradley said.

    As the Institute’s Distinguished Research Fellow, Dr. Bradley will help advance the Acton Institute’s broad intellectual mission and explore how core Acton principles can help address today’s challenges to youth, family, and education. 

    Dr. John Pinheiro adds, “Dr. Bradley is no stranger to the Acton Institute but it is my pleasure to welcome him as our residential, Distinguished Research Fellow.  He brings a wealth of experience as a theologian, writer, professor, and sought-after speaker.  I can think of no one better suited to contribute to Acton’s mission of promoting the free and virtuous society and to address the many challenges facing American youth, families, and schools.  His expertise will also be invaluable to Acton’s ongoing initiatives to address poverty and promote genuine human flourishing.”

    Acton President and co-founder Kris Alan Mauren said, “Acton is honored to attract such a great thought leader to add to our talented team of full time scholars and professionals.”

    Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Anthony Bradley served as professor of religious studies and director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing at The King’s College, Theologian-In-Residence at Redeemer Presbyterian Church—Lincoln Square, and a long standing affiliate and Research Fellow for the Acton Institute, contributing writings and lecturing at our various conferences including The Free and Virtuous Society conferences and Acton University.

    Over his career Dr. Bradley has lectured 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 Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington ExaminerAl-Jazerra, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit NewsChristianity Today, and World Magazine.

    Dr. Bradley is called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues and has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, CNN/Headline News, and Fox News, among others. He studies and writes on issues of the covenant theology, criminal justice reform, youth and family, poverty, education policy, social ethics, and race in America.

    Dr. Bradley’s newest book, Heroic Masculinity: How Fraternities Can Save Colleges and America (2023), seeks to rescue fraternities from a bad reputation caused by the outrages of a few and promote them instead as Tocquevillian communities that are uniquely suited to address soaring rates of substance abuse, anger, and despair by providing men with the support, friendship, and role models.

    His collection of books include: Liberating Black Theology (2010),  Black and Tired (2011), The Political Economy of Liberation (2012), Keep Your Head Up (2012),  Aliens in The Promised Land (2013), John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement (2014), Black Scholars In White Space (2015), Something Seems Strange (2016), Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration (2018), Faith In Society (2019), Why Black Lives Matter (2020) and his latest book Heroic Fraternities: How College Men Can Save Universities and America (2023).

    Dr. Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Ethics and Society from Fordham University, and his PhD is from Westminster Theological Seminary.

    About the Acton Institute

    The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, ecumenical think tank located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1990, the Institute works internationally to “promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.” For more information, visit

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