Murphy Institute Appoints Research Fellow



The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy has appointed Dr. Simon Ravenscroft as a Murphy Research Fellow.

Ravenscroft holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, and is a research associate with the Von Hügel Institute (VHI).

The fellowship appointment will allow Ravenscroft to continue his work in Cambridge, and to develop the growing relationship between the VHI and the Murphy Institute, which began with the jointly sponsored 2015 'Patents on Life' conference. He is coordinating the publication of an edited volume issuing from that conference, which he is co-editing with Thomas C. Berg, professor of law at the School of Law and director emeritus of the Murphy Institute, and the VHI’s Roman Cholij.

As a Murphy Research Fellow, Ravenscroft will continue to work strategically with both institutes to explore further opportunities for collaboration.

"The Patents on Life conference in 2015 was a major and remarkable joint undertaking by the VHI and the Murphy Institute, separated as they are by an ocean. A strong friendship was created on the way, as well as a strong sense of a common spirit and purpose that will form the basis for further co-operation between us," said VHI director Philip McCosker. "I am very much looking forward to deepening our relationship with the Murphy Institute over the coming year, and exploring the possibilities for further collaboration that this appointment will encourage."

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ravenscroft as a Murphy Research Fellow, to continue the important work he has begun in editing the volume emerging out of last year's Patents on Life conference," said Murphy Institute co-director and professor of law Elizabeth Schiltz. "I am eagerly anticipating joining forces with the VHI again in future explorations of our common interest in the contemporary relevance of the interdisciplinary riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition."

Ravenscroft joins Murphy Research Fellows Erika Bachiochi and Peter Distelzweig.

The Murphy Institute is a joint venture of the School of Law and the Center for Catholic Studies.