Laudato Sí’ / Jesuit Prison Education
Student Spiritual Growth & Mental Health / Justice & Reconciliation / Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm

Commission Abstract: Are Jesuit educators doing enough to prepare students for democratic citizenship? It’s a question that matters more today than ever before, as the fundamental values of democracy face renewed threats from what Jesuit Superior General, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., calls the three P’s: “Populism, Polarization, and Post-truth.” The Jesuit tradition provides effective responses to these threats. Our aim is to guide our fellow Jesuit educators through a Civic Examen, in which will we ask about what we already do well, and how we can better prepare our students for democratic citizenship. In doing so, we will accompany our students toward a hope-filled future.

Co-Chair: Amber Wichowsky is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of the Civic Dialogues Program at Marquette University. Her areas of expertise include civic learning and engagement, urban and environmental policy, political behavior, public opinion, and research methods. She is also an occasional source for media coverage of electoral politics, including CNN, NPR, Fox News, and several local news outlets. Her book, The Economic Other: Inequality in the American Political Imagination (written jointly with Meghan Condon of Loyola University Chicago), examines how Americans use social comparisons to make sense of income inequality and how such frames of reference affect attitudes about redistribution and feelings of political power (University of Chicago Press 2020). Wichowsky is currently working with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Marquette to study community resilience in the face of emergent threats to water quality and public health. Wichowsky received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University’s Center for the Study of American Politics. She previously worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C.

Co-Chair: Daniel Klinghard has been a member of the Political Science department at the College of the Holy Cross since 2004. Daniel’s scholarship examines the role of ideas in American political development; his first book, The Nationalization of American Political Parties, 1880-1896 (Cambridge UP, 2010), was supported by a “We the People” grant from the National Endowment from the Humanities, and received the American Political Science Association’s Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award. He is also the co-author (with Dustin Gish) of Thomas Jefferson and the Science of Republican Government: A Political Biography of Notes on the State of Virginia (Cambridge UP 2017). More recently, he has published on American ideas about the role of science and technology in democratic politics. He directed the J.D. Power Center from 2016-2021 and, in 2024, was appointed Dean of Education and Academic Experience at Holy Cross.

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