Mary Hirschfeld

Instructor

Having taught economics at Occidental College for fifteen years, and following upon a conversion to the Catholic faith, Mary Hirschfeld determined on a course that would daunt the most courageous hearts: resigning her tenured position, she pursued the doctorate in theology at Notre Dame. In 2011 Mary accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Economics and Theology at Villanova University. Mary has offered papers at such institutions as Notre Dame, USC, Fondazione Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice, in Milan, Italy, the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice in Rome, and Cambridge University in England.

Education:

  • B.A in Economics from Washington State University, Summa Cum Laude
  • M.A and Ph.D with a focus on economic history and macroeconomics from Harvard University
  • Ph.D. in Theology from University of Notre Dame

Point of Interest:

It is this problem and challenge that Mary Hirschfeld has determined to address: certain pathologies are increasing, with their psychological consequences; fear and desperation grip the hearts of many people, even in the so-called rich countries; the joy of life is diminishing; indecency and violence are on the rise; poverty is becoming more and more evident. People have to struggle to live and, frequently, to live in an undignified way. One cause of this situation is in our relationship with money, and our acceptance of its power over ourselves and our society. Mary has chosen the work of St. Thomas Aquinas as a starting point for engaging contemporary economic theory.

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