Jeffrey Dill

Research Director and Trustee

Jeffrey Dill is Research Assistant Professor of Social Thought at the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University and Research Director of the Agora Institute.  He received his B.A. in English from Wheaton College and his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Virginia, where he was a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His research focuses on questions of pluralism and difference in educational systems, moral and citizenship education, and socialization processes in schools.  He is author of The Longing and Limits of Global Citizenship Education: the moral pedagogy of schooling in a cosmopolitan age.  His work has been published in Social Forces, the Journal of Moral EducationSociety, and The Huffington Post.  He is currently researching the culture of homeschooling and its effects on moral and civic education.  Dr. Dill is married to Heather, and they have four sons. When not at work, he spends a good deal of time playing Whiffle Ball in the backyard.

Phone: 502-417-2847

Kelly Hanlon

Managing Director

Kelly Hanlon is the Managing Director of the Agora Institute. A graduate of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, she served as the executive director of the Lehrman American Studies Center before joining Agora.  She is completing her masters degree in economics at the University of Delaware. 


Gary Jenkins

Director of the Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture

Dr. Gary W. Jenkins serves as both the Van Gorden Professor in History and the Chair of the History Department at Eastern University, and has taught on faculty at Eastern University since 1994.  Dr. Jenkins’ work has taken him to conferences in the United States, Canada, England and Norway. Works that Dr. Jenkins is currently dedicating his time to include: an article on the devotion and piety of the outlawed English Catholics under Elizabeth I, a monograph entitled Enemies of Calvin, a long-term project on Gnosticism, and lastly he has just published, along with Templeton Honors College Dean Jonathan Yonan, a monograph for Templeton, Liberal Learning and the Great Christian Traditions.

After much prayer and consultation with hierarchs and clergy throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, he formed the Center for Orthodox Culture and Thought.  By nesting within an established institute, the center can focus exclusively on providing a robust and holistic Orthodox formation for its students, even as the students avail themselves of the full resources of the larger institute and complete their degrees in a wide variety of fields.

Dr. Jenkins lives in Allentown, PA with his wife Carol and daughter Kristen, and attends church at St. Paul’s Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA. He blogs on and off at Lux Christi ( ), and contributes to the Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy blog (

R. J. Snell

Senior Fellow and Trustee

R. J. Snell is a Senior Fellow of the Agora Institute. Dr. Snell earned his M.A. in philosophy at Boston College, and his Ph.D. in philosophy at Marquette University, where he was the recipient of the Rev. John P. Raynor Dissertation Fellowship. Research interests include ethics, natural law theory, Thomas Aquinas, and the work of Bernard Lonergan, SJ. He is the author of Through a Glass Darkly: Bernard Lonergan and Richard Rorty on Knowing without a God's-eye View (Marquette UP), The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode (Wipf & Stock), Acedia and its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire (Angelico), and co-author (with Steve Cone) of Authentic Cosmopolitanism  (Wipf & Stock). He writes and lectures frequently in a variety of academic and popular venues. During the 2015-16 academic year he is William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program of Princeton University.