Spring 2018 Fellows

Visiting Tocqueville Fellow - Daniel Mark

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Daniel Mark is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University. He teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion. In addition to his academic writing, Dr. Mark has published on topics related to international religious freedom. In June 2017, he was elected chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), “an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission…[that] reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress.


Undergraduate Fellows, Spring 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.

Kevin Angell - Sophomore, Economics, Political Science, Constitutional Studies, Computing and Digital Technologies


Kevin Angell is a sophomore from Naperville, Illinois studying economics and political science with minors in constitutional studies and computing and digital technologies. He is the managing editor at the Irish Rover, a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, and very involved with Notre Dame's chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Kevin currently is an economics research assistant for Professor Kirk Doran, studying the economics of education and innovation. He is very excited to be a part of the Tocqueville Program this year!


Maura Bradley - Sophomore, Political Science, Constitutional Studies

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Maura Bradley is a sophomore from Philadelphia, PA studying Political Science and minoring in Constitutional Studies. She lives in Farley Hall and is involved in Bridge ND and the Political Commission of the ND Right to Life club on campus. Last summer she interned for Congressman Patrick Meehan in his district office located in Springfield, PA and this upcoming summer she will be interning for Congresswoman Jackie Walorski in her Washington D.C. office on Capitol Hill. Her interests include law, political philosophy, service, and theology. She is excited to be part of the Tocqueville Program this semester!


Carolyn Ebner - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Theology, Constitutional Studies


Carolyn Ebner is a senior from Plymouth, NH majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and minoring in Theology and Constitutional Studies. She is, a clarinet player in the marching band, a Sorin Fellow with the Center for Ethics and Culture, a former president of Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), and an RA in Lyons Hall.


Jack Ferguson - Sophomore, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies, Italian


John Paul (Jack) Ferguson is a sophomore in Fisher Hall majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies with a double minor in Constitutional Studies and Italian. Jack hails from the Washington, DC area which has given him a strong interest in politics. This year he is serving as On-Campus Vice President for Notre Dame Right to Life and a section editor for The Irish Rover.  On weekends, Jack travels and plays with the Notre Dame squash team, squash being a very underrated sport.


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Soren Hansen - Junior, Program of Liberal Studies, Art History, Constitutional Studies

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(Mary) Soren Hansen is a junior from San Diego, CA. She is in the Program of Liberal Studies and is pursuing minors in Art History and Constitutional Studies. On campus, Soren plays the upright bass in the ND Symphony Orchestra and plays on the Women's Club Soccer Team. This past summer, she went on tour in Eastern Europe with the symphony and interned with the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California. 


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John Henry Hobgood - Sophomore, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies

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John Henry Hobgood is a sophomore from Shreveport, LA but now calls the Cadillac of Dorms, Fisher Hall, home.  He is majoring in Program of Liberal Studies and minoring in Constitutional Studies.  He serves as the Director of Academic Affairs for Student Government’s Executive Cabinet and is involved in the College of Arts of Letters as a Dean’s Fellow. His interests include political theory, political theology, and legal philosophy. 


Jarek Jankowski - Junior, Philosophy, Program of Liberal Studies, Theology


Jarek Jankowski is a junior from Fremont, CA, double majoring in Philosophy and the Program of Liberal Studies, with a minor in Theology. This year, he is serving as President of Carroll Hall and the Children of Mary, as well as co-President of the Theology Club of Notre Dame. His interests include political philosophy and political theology, legal philosophy, virtue ethics, and religious dialogue.


Noelle Johnson - Sophomore, Theology, Physics

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Noelle Johnson is a sophomore 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, a research assistant in theology and philosophy, and a staff writer for the Irish Rover.  This year, she is Co-Commissioner for ND Right to Life’s Apologetics Commission, and last summer she interned in the pro-life office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  She is passionate about religious liberty and the Supreme Court, the Church in public life, and the rights and responsibilities of American Catholics. 


Roge Karma - Senior, Political Science and Arabic, PPE


Roge Karma is a senior from Southern California studying Political Science and Arabic with a minor in PPE. On campus he performs research on international law with Prof. Paolo Carozza, works as a tutor at the Writing Center and is the former President of bridgeND. He has spent his summers working for a social enterprise in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the ISSLP program and interning at the State Department. He also plays ice hockey, lacrosse, and loves to surf. 



Nick Marr - Sophomore, History, Political Science, International Security


Nicholas Marr is a sophomore from San Diego, CA living in Knott Hall.  He is studying History and Political Science, and is pursuing a certificate in International Security.  On campus, he works at the Constitutional Studies department,  writes opinion columns for the Observer, and is a founding member of the American Enterprise Institute's Executive Council at Notre Dame.  


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Stephen Vukovits - Freshman, Economics, Constitutional Studies, Hesburgh Program in Public Service, PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Econ.)

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Stephen Vukovits is a freshman from Fishers, IN, majoring in Economics with minors in Constitutional Studies, the Hesburgh Program in Public Service, and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).  Stephen is a Suzanne and Walter Scott Merit Scholar and part of the Glynn Family Honors Program.  On campus, he is a member of the Federal and Fiscal Challenge Economics Team, Young Americans for Freedom, and BridgeND.  Currently, Stephen is researching the bioethics and political theory of genetic engineering with Professor Eileen Hunt Botting, and this summer he plans to intern in DC through the Charles Koch Institute Internship Program.


Keenan White - Junior, Political Science, History, Constitutional Studies


Keenan White is a junior political science and history major with a minor in constitutional studies and a proud townie, currently living in Badin (Pangborn) Hall. In addition to being a Tocqueville Fellow, she is a Sorin Fellow with the Center for Ethics and Culture and the editor of the Politics & Economics section of the Irish Rover. Additionally, she manages the men’s and women’s boxing teams.