Margarita Mooney

Associate 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.

The Love of Learning and the Lay Desire for God

This piece originally appeared at Church Life Journal, a journal of the McGrath Institute for Church Life. What lessons does the monastic approach to learning classical texts bear on our contemporary debates in education? Speaking to the College of Bernardins in...

Engineering, Beauty and a Longing for the Infinite

This piece originally appeared on the Scientific American blog. In July 2019, I embarked upon a six-day excursion across Italy with 14 undergraduate students and three professors from Princeton University. The trip was part of a six-week summer course titled “Two...

Forgiving the Unforgivable: A Lesson in Love

This piece originally appeared in Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, NJ, and has been reposted with permission. What can we learn from people who have forgiven others for violent crimes? Questions about forgiveness have...

Overcoming Flawed Educational Views of the Human Person

This piece originally appeared at Church Life Journal, a journal of the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Although I have been a student or teacher since I started kindergarten, I only began to study philosophy of education in recent years in an attempt to engage...

Educating the Human Person

This piece originally appeared at RealClearPolicy as part of a series centered on the American Project, an initiative of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. The project looks to the country’s founding principles to respond to our current cultural and political...

Interview: Connecting Sociology and Theology is Important for Students and the University

This piece originally appeared in Faith & Leadership, a learning resource for Christian leaders and their institutions from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School at Duke University. Students should take part in conversations across disciplines and perspectives...

Conversations with a Dying Young Friend: A Eulogy for John Aroutiounian

These remarks were delivered by Margarita Mooney, May 7th, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City at the funeral Mass for John Aroutiounian, 1993-2019. Below is a link to the audio and the text of the eulogy. The last time I saw John Aroutiounian was...

John Aroutiounian, 1993-2019

It was with a very heavy heart that I received a phone call from the father of John Aroutiounian on Friday, May 3rd, 2019, informing me that John had died from cancer. I was blessed to be by John's side many times since his battle with cancer started 16 months ago in...

Tradition and Authority in Luigi Giussani’s Educational Method

This piece originally appeared in Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, NJ, and has been reposted with permission. For the past several years, I have assigned Monsignor Luigi Giussani’s The Risk of Education as the final book...

Acton Institute 2018 Annual Dinner Alumna Convocation

Delivered on October 17, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan The most important lessons I’ve learned about the importance of virtue to sustain free societies came from my many trips to my mother’s homeland of Cuba, starting in 1994, when I was a junior at Yale. My very...

The 2018 Luigi Giussani Series on Faith and Modernity

Can a modern person still reasonably believe in the divinity of Christ?

Invited Lectures

Margarita 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.

Teaching

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

Margarita Mooney

Associate Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary