Margarita MooneyAssociate Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary
I am a scholar, author, educator, mentor and public speaker with interests in integrating sociological, philosophical and theological approaches to virtues and the common good. As an Associate Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, I teach classes such as philosophy of social science, religion and social theory, and intentional communities. In 2016, I started Scala Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to reinvigorating classical liberal arts education and preserving the ideas and practices necessary to maintain a free society. Scala’s reading groups, dinner seminars and travel events emphasize hospitality and friendship, aiming to help students connect their intellectual development with character formation and generating transformative educational experiences and authentic friendships. I’m currently working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Living a Broken Life, Beautifully that explores the religious lives of young adults who have experienced traumatic life events. My research has been funded by two grants from the John Templeton Foundation totaling more than $3 million.
Invited LecturesMargarita A. Mooney. “What Led me to Luigi Guissani.” Introductory remarks as moderator at the Giussani Series on Faith and Modernity event: “Can a Modern Person Still Reasonably Believe in Divinity?” Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Margarita A. Mooney. “Augusto del Noce on Secularization.” Talk given at the Elm Institute, New Haven, CT. March 5, 2018.
Margarita A. Mooney. Panelist at “Liberalism and Christianity Conference.” Co-sponsored by Harvard Law School and the Thomistic Institute. Saturday, March 3, 2018.
Margarita A. Mooney. “Augusto del Noce on the Crisis of Modernity.” Talk given at the Abigail Adams Institute, Cambridge, MA. March 2, 2018.
Princeton Theological Seminary (2016-Present)
- Religion, Resilience and Vulnerability (Fall 2016 and Spring 2019)
- Philosophy of Social Science (Spring 2017 and Fall 2018)
- Research Methods for Studying Congregations (Spring 2017)
- Religion and Social Theory (Fall 2017)
- Christianity and the Liberal Arts Tradition (January term 2019)
- Mentored two Master’s theses