Undergraduate Fellows, Fall 2018
The Tocqueville Fellowship was designed for Notre Dame undergraduates interested in discussing fundamental questions about politics, culture, business, markets, philosophy, and religion. Tocqueville Fellows receive special invitations to meet, network, and dine with guests and scholars visiting Notre Dame. Fellows also work closely with the Program’s professors and staff to design and implement the Program’s events, including the “Professors for Lunch” series.
Pictured above are the Fellows with Professor Robert P. George of Princeton, who delivered the second Tocqueville Lecture on September 13, 2018.
Nicolas Abouchedid - Not yet pictured
Georges Alsankary - Not yet pictured
Kevin Angell - Junior, Economics, Political Science
Kevin Angell is a junior studying economics and political science with a concentration in financial economics and econometrics and a minor in theology. He is currently the Deputy Grand Knight with the Notre Dame Council #1477 of the Knights of Columbus, a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, and the past Managing Editor of the Irish Rover, where he remains an Editor at Large. Kevin is involved with undergraduate research on campus through the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and independent research with faculty.
Jonathan M. Biagini - Junior, Political Science, Constitutional Studies, Business Economics
Jonathan Biagini is a junior from Washington, D.C. studying political science and minoring in business economics and constitutional studies. He is a Sorin Fellow and member of the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC). His interests include law, politics, and boxing for the Notre Dame Men’s boxing club team. He is very excited to be a Tocqueville Fellow.
Maura Bradley - Junior, Political Science, Constitutional Studies, Theology
Maura Bradley is a junior at the University of Notre Dame from Springfield, PA. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Constitutional Studies and Theology. On campus, she is involved in BridgeND and the ND Right to Life club. She has been part of the Right to Life Political Commission for two years and will be serving as the head Political Commissioner for the fall 2018 semester. She serves the Appalachian Region through Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and will be serving as a student leader this fall break on an immersion seminar in Clinchco, VA. In the summer of 2017 she interned for Congressman Patrick Meehan in his district office located in Springfield, PA and this past summer she interned for Congresswoman Jackie Walorski in her Washington D.C. office on Capitol Hill. Her interests include law, political philosophy, service, theology, and art. She is excited to be part of the Tocqueville Program again this semester!
Ariel Dominguez - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies
(Pedro) Ariel Dominguez is a rising senior from the Bronx, NY, enrolled in the Program of Liberal Studies and minoring in Constitutional Studies. On campus, he works as a tutor for the University Writing Center. He spent the spring semester in D.C, interning for his Congressional Representative, and the summer studying political philosophy with the Claremont Salvatori Center Program on Leo Strauss. He has also served as a Fellow at the Hertog Political Studies Program. His principal interests are the problems of political philosophy (specifically in relation to American Liberal Democracy) and great Statesmanship. He wants to be a military lawyer.
John Paul Ferguson - Junior, Program of Liberal Studies, Theology
John Paul (Jack) Ferguson is a junior in Duncan Hall majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies with a double major in Theology. Jack hails from the Washington, DC area which has given him a strong interest in politics. This fall semester he is serving as Vice President for Notre Dame Right to Life. On weekends, Jack travels and plays with the Notre Dame squash team, squash being a very underrated sport. Jack has worked the past two summers at the Vatican for the Pontifical Academy for Life, and on campus for Notre Dame Vision.
Dominic Gardetto - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, PPE
Dominic Gardetto is a senior from Big Lake, Minnesota who lives in O’Neill Family Hall. He is majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and minoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). He serves as the president of Notre Dame Students for Worker Justice and is a member of ND Votes, the Higgins Labor Program, the Public Intellectual Initiative, and Olympia Academy. He is very interested in philosophical debates, especially regarding labor, and how these debates reverberate through political and economic policies.
Soren Hansen - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies
(Mary) Soren Hansen is a senior from San Diego, CA. She is a member of the Program of Liberal Studies and is pursuing a minor in Constitutional Studies. On campus, Soren plays the upright bass in the ND Symphony Orchestra, is a Politics and Economics editor for the Irish Rover, and is a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture. Last summer, Soren interned at the Heritage Foundation in the Simon Center for Principles and Politics.
Matthew Hardiman - Junior, Economics, Political Science
Matt Hardiman is a junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania living in Morrissey Manor, studying Economics & Political Science. He is a member of the Club Lacrosse and Boxing teams and his interests include political theory, theology, and international relations. This past summer he interned for Representative Mike Kelly, a proud Notre Dame alum.
John Henry Hobgood - Junior, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies, PPE
John Henry Hobgood is a junior from Shreveport, LA but now calls the Cadillac of Dorms, Fisher Hall, home. He is majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies with minors in Constitutional Studies and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). He serves as a Sorin Fellow for the Center for Ethics and Culture and president of Dean’s Fellows for the College of Arts and Letters. Last summer, he interned at the Abigail Adams Institute at Harvard, where he conducted research for Erika Bachiochi, J.D., Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, for her forthcoming book, The First Affection: Restoring the Women’s Movement’s Lost Vision. His interests include political theory and philosophy, political theology, legal philosophy, and performing arts.
Tobias Hoonhout - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Economics, Constitutional Studies
Tobias Hoonhout is a senior from Smithtown, New York, double majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and economics, with a minor in Constitutional Studies. Formerly of Knott Hall, Tobias serves as the Managing Editor of The Observer, Notre Dame's daily student newspaper, and is also a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture. He is also involved in the Knights of Columbus, and has spent his past summers in Chicago working at the Midtown Educational Foundation and Huron Consulting Group.
Jarek Jankowski - Senior, Philosophy, Program of Liberal Studies, Theology
Jarek Jankowski is a senior from Northern California double majoring in Philosophy and the Program of Liberal Studies with a minor in Theology. This year, he is an RA in Carroll Hall, where he has previously served as Dorm President and Liturgical Commissioner, and is a Sorin Fellow with the Center for Ethics and Culture. Jarek is an officer in several Catholic faith-based clubs on campus, has previously been an Undergraduate Research Assistant with the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies, and sings in a number of campus choirs. His academic interests include the intersection of metaphysics and political philosophy/theology, legal philosophy (especially natural law jurisprudence), and the role of religious dialogue in the public sphere.
Noelle Johnson - Junior, Theology, Physics
Noelle Johnson is a junior from Los Angeles living in Lewis Hall and majoring in Theology and Physics. She is a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, a regular contributor to the McGrath Institute for Church Life Journal, and a staff writer for the Irish Rover. This semester, she is Director of Spirituality for Notre Dame Right to Life, and she has interned in the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the past two summers, working on a Respect Life Week curriculum used by schools across the country. She is passionate about religious liberty and the Supreme Court, the Church in public life, and the rights and responsibilities of American Catholics.
Will Jones - Not yet pictured
Therese Konopelski - Junior, Program of Liberal Studies
Therese Konopelski is a junior from Frederick, MD majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies living in Lyons Hall. A Glynn Honors student, she is minoring in Latino Studies and the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She is a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, co-chair of the Latino Honor Society, and a research assistant in political science. She has interned for the Library of Congress, the office of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.
Nicholas Marr - Junior, History, Political Science
Nicholas (Nick) Marr is a junior from San Diego, CA. He lives in Knott Hall, and is studying history and political theory. On campus, he works for Professor Muñoz and the Constitutional Studies and Tocqueville programs, and writes opinion articles for The Observer and Irish Rover. He is also a fellow at the Notre Dame International Security Center and the chair of American Enterprise Institute's Executive Council.
Colin McCarthy - Senior, Political Science
Colin McCarthy is a senior studying politics, philosophy, theology, and everything in between. He was born and bred across the border of swampy Washington D.C. (in Maryland), and has enjoyed the much-needed break from the humidity which the quaint Midwestern life at Notre Dame has given him. Over the past three summers he has respectively done an SSLP working with homeless men, studied Italian in Siena, and participated in the Hudson Institute's Political Studies program. At school he enjoys reading books in his free time and arguing with friends about the nature of politics. He is happy to further these extracurricular passions as a fellow in the Tocqueville Program.
Helen McGrath - Junior, Program of Liberal Studies
Helen (Holly) McGrath is a junior from Beverly Hills, MI, majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies. On campus she works for the Constitutional Studies Department and is involved with the Center for Ethics and Culture as both a Sorin Fellow and student worker. This year she will be serving as one of the apologetic commissioners for ND Right to Life.
Isabella Penola - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies, Theology
Isabella Penola is a senior from Zionsville, IN. She is a major in the Program of Liberal Studies with minors in Constitutional Studies and Theology. This year, she is interning with the McGrath Institute for Church Life and with the Alliance for Catholic Education. After a semester abroad in Ireland, she is excited to return to the community of Notre Dame and the ever-thought-provoking events put on by the Tocqueville Program!
Andrew D. Rebholz - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Classical Civilizations
Andrew Rebholz is a senior hailing from Strongsville, OH, majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies with a minor in Classical Civilizations. Having served as President of Carroll Hall and Operational Manager for the Knights of Columbus' Steak Sales, this year Andrew is ready and eager to direct his energies toward the Tocqueville program. His interests include reading, writing, arguing at length, running, and swimming...preferably in that order and ideally followed by a cookout with friends.
Andrew Schmitz - Senior, Accounting, Political Science
Andrew Schmitz is a senior Accounting and Political Science major from Pasadena, CA. A proud resident of Carroll Hall, Andrew has held various positions in Student and Dorm Governments throughout his time at Notre Dame. During his junior year, Andrew studied abroad at the National University of Singapore. He is heavily involved with international student recruiting and Res Publica. His academic interests include American political philosophy and foreign policy, as well as political economy. Andrew loves to travel and considers himself both a baseball and aviation enthusiast.
Stephen Vukovits - Sophomore, Economics, Constitutional Studies, Hesburgh Program in Public Service, PPE
Stephen Vukovits is a sophomore from Fishers, IN, majoring in Economics with minors in Constitutional Studies, the Hesburgh Program in Public Service, and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). He is a Suzanne and Walter Scott Merit Scholar and part of the Glynn Family Honors Program. On campus, Stephen is a member of the Federal and Fiscal Challenge Economics Team, Young Americans for Freedom, and BridgeND. This past summer, Stephen worked as an Policy Intern at Economics21 in Washington DC, and he has previously worked on the gubernatorial campaigns of Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb.