Research Fellows

AAI research fellows play an active role within our intellectual community while carrying out a particular academic research project.


Erika Bachiochi

Erika Bachiochi is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC. She is a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. A graduate of Middlebury College, Erika was a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for Religion and Politics at Boston College and received her law degree from Boston University School of Law. She is currently writing a book about women's rights. 

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J. David Franks Ph. D.

J. David Franks received his Ph. D. in systematic theology from Boston College, and was professor of sacred theology for almost a decade at St. John’s Seminary, where he co-founded the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization and its Catechetical Certificate program. An activist as well as an intellectual, David serves as Chairman of the Board for Massachusetts Citizens for Life, founding and directing its Lincoln Forum for Human Dignity, which advances a liberal-arts and high-culture approach to reigniting civic conversation. David is a doting and devoted father of six children.