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Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas

Christendom College will welcome Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas, Dr. Joseph Brutto, Dr. Kevin Tracy, Dr. Miriam Byers, and Michael Hahn to the college’s faculty this fall, as it prepares to begin its 39th academic year. The five new assistant professors will bring a wealth of experience to their respective departments when they arrive this fall, boosting the academic rigor of the college’s classrooms and campus life in the process.

Two professors will join the college’s department of theology: Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas, an alumnus of Christendom, and Michael Hahn. After earning his B.A. from Christendom, Tsakanikas earned his S.T.L. and S.T.D. from the Pontifical University of the Lateran in Rome. Tsakanikas previously was the director of the Institute for Religious Studies at Benedictine College, along with serving as the academic dean for the formation of the permanent diaconate candidates in the Diocese of New Ulm, Mn. Tsakanikas’ specialty is moral theology, which was the area of his graduate studies at the Pontifical University of the Lateran. Tsakanikas taught at Christendom last year as a visiting lecturer.

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Michael Hahn

Michael Hahn earned his B.A. from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, before earning his Master of Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Currently a Ph.D. candidate at Notre Dame, Hahn specializes in the study of both St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine, particularly Augustine’s influence on the thought of Aquinas.

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Dr. Joseph Brutto

The department of political science and economics will welcome Dr. Joseph Brutto to the faculty, who earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, his most recent degree coming in 2015. While at Notre Dame, Brutto served as a graduate teaching fellow, before joining Princeton University as the 2015-16 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate for the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Brutto specializes in the study of contemporary political theorists heavily influenced by Aristotle.

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Dr. Kevin Tracy

Dr, Kevin Tracy, who taught at Christendom last year as a visiting lecturer, joins the department of classical and early Christian studies as a full-time faculty member this fall. Tracy earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College, before earning his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. After finishing his degree, Tracy taught at Washington & Lee University for one year and Lawrence University for five, the former as an assistant professor of classics. While at Lawrence University, Tracy designed and taught many of the courses in the department of classics. Tracy, who speaks both Latin and Ancient Greek, specializes in teaching the fundamentals of the Latin and Greek languages, as well as teaching students how to read ancient philosophical texts and epic poetry in their original language.

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Dr. Miriam Byers

After fifteen years of serving the college as an adjunct instructor, Dr. Miriam Byers will formally join the department of mathematics and natural science this fall as an assistant professor. An expert in the field of calculus, Dr. Byers earned her B.S. from Purdue Univeristy, before earning her M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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