The Catholic University of America

Stephen F. Schneck, Ph.D.

Phone: (202) 319-5999
Curriculum Vitae: Printable version
Department: Department of Politics

Served as Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies from 2005-2017, Stephen F. Schneck comes to the Institute from an academic career in political science. He served as chair of the Department of Politics at The Catholic University of America for nine years and as Associate Professor in that department for fourteen years.

Schneck’s research is in the field of political philosophy, with special emphases on 18th century American political thought and on contemporary continental political theory; recent work has focused on the role of religion in democracy. Publications include works on American political thought (on the Constitution, or on figures such as Alexis de Tocqueville) as well as on contemporary continental authors. Among his published works are two book length studies on Max Scheler, an edited work on Fred Dallmayr, and articles and chapters ranging from studies of French post-structuralism, to the examination of the critical theory of Jürgen Habermas.

A well-known Washington-area public lecturer, with frequent media appearances, Dr. Schneck has also been honored for his teaching. He has been named Teacher of the Year three times at The Catholic University of America, and has received several other teaching awards.

As Institute Director, Dr. Schneck has sought to enlarge the breadth of the Institute's work, in order to address a wide array of contemporary public policies through rigorous academic research. Under his leadership, the Institute has grown to more than fifty fellows.