Fellows of the 2003 Class

Susan J. Stabile's picture
  • J.D., New York University School of Law
Susan J.

Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law and Professor

  • Relationship between Faith and Professionalism
  • Application of principles of Catholic Social Thought to issues of law and public policy, such as corporate social responsibility, health care and poverty.

"The Vincentian Center provides an invaluable forum for harnessing and coordinating the energies of those committed to social and economic justice, to a desire to actualize their faith through action and to advancing the mission of the University."

St. John's University

Susan J. Stabile is the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law and Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis MN. Professor Stabile is among the nation's leading scholars on pensions and employee benefits.   She is the co-author of the leading casebook, Pension and Employee Benefit Law (Foundation Press) and the treatise "ERISA Litigation" (BNA).   Upon leaving St. John's School of Law in 2007, she was named the first Affiliate Vincentian Research Fellow to continue her collaboration on Catholic social thought and the law.   Professor Stabile holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.

Robert F. Pecorella's picture
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Pennsylvania State University
Robert F.

Associate Professor

  • The compatibility of the values of Catholic economic justice and the principles of American liberalism, and Public Policy.

"The professional commitment of my colleagues in the Vincentian Center to intellectual excellence has informed my own research efforts.Their personal commitment to understanding and civility has encouraged me to reassess the basis of some of my own attitudes and opinions."

St. John's University

Robert F. Pecorella, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics and a Vincentian Research Fellow at St. John’s University, was formerly a Professor-in-Residence with the New York State Assembly Intern Program. Professor Pecorella is the author of Community Power in a Postreform City and co-author of the Politics of Structure and Governing New York State. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including: Polity, Public Administration Review, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. He is currently working on a book exploring the fit between Catholic norms of economic justice and American political culture. Dr. Pecorella holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

  • Ph.D., Psychology, George Washington University
Judith D.

Associate Professor

  • Designing learning interventions based on the theories of cognitive psychology to support and retain at-risk students
  • Developing new materials that focus on critical thinking, active learning, and problem-based learning

"I am genuinely in awe of some of the work being done by my cofellows as their work shows commitment, enthusiasm, and a deep belief that persons can make a difference in this world. The extraordinary commitment of my VCCS colleagues to Social Justice has increased my deliberate inclusion of these issues in my classes."

St. John's University

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  • Ph.D., Literature, New York University
Michael J.

Associate Professor

  • People with passion for social justice who have the capacity to inspire others to serve, especially, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day

"As a Vincentian priest and university professor, my participation as a Fellow calls me to a deeper conversion and inspires me to form tomorrow's leaders to be a compassionate leaven in the larger world."

St. John's University

Elizabeth N. Brondolo's picture
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Rutgers University
Elizabeth N.


  • NHLBI-funded program of research on the relationship of racism and ethnic discrimination to ambulatory blood pressure in interpersonal settings

"As a fellow, I learned about interesting research programs and resources, and developed a sense of the different kinds of initiatives that are emerging on campus."

St. John's University

Elizabeth Brondolo is a Professor of Psychology in St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New Jersey at Rutgers. Dr. Brondolo specializes in the study of social stress and health and has conducted research projects on work, stress, racism, and poverty and their effects on ambulatory blood pressure. She directs a laboratory at St. John's funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, among others. In her clinical work, Dr. Brondolo specializes in treating bipolar and schizoaffective disorders. Her most recent book, “Break the Bipolar Cycle: A Day-to-Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder” was published in 2008 by McGraw-Hill.

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  • Ph.D., Biocultural Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Barrett P.


  • The anthropology of food, health, and the environment; and “eating as a moral act”

"As a Center Fellow, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with University faculty as well as colleagues in the larger social justice community of New York and beyond.The Fellows program has built a community of once dispersed and often isolated scholars and activists from across the University whose dedication to social justice, faith and action continues to grow both locally and globally."

St. John's University

Barrett Brenton holds a B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a Professor of Anthropology at St. John’s University and director of Center for Global Development and Social Justice. His cross-cultural research is focused on international food security and policy, meeting the healthcare needs of the poor, and the health consequences of dietary change. Dr. Brenton’s applied research experience has taken him to both rural and urban impoverished areas across the U.S., to the Peruvian Andes, the Ecuadorian Amazon, Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. 

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  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, Chicago
Brett E.

Associate Professor

  • Language acquisition and literacy particularly as it pertains to the challenges urban, poor, and/or second language learners face both in school and out of school; seeking ways to ensure equitable education for all.

"Being a Fellow has helped me to continue to make connections between my research and teaching as I search for ways to find equitable opportunities for

St. John's University

Brett Elizabeth Blake is an Associate Professor in the department of Early Childhood and Adolescent Education in the School of Education and Senior Vincentian Research Fellow. She has written several articles and has authored or co-authored seven books related to the challenges "multiply-marginalized" students face in their language and literacy learning in a society that continues to perpetuate inequitable standards for education and achievement. Dr. Blake holds an M.A. in linguistics from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Food for Thought

Catholic universities will be particularly attentive to the poorest and to those who suffer economic, social, cultural or religious injustice. This responsibility begins within the academic community but it also finds application beyond it.

Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (40)