Skip to main content

About Kathleen A Brady

Professor Kathleen Brady, a nationally prominent scholar of Catholic Social Thought, was awarded tenure and promoted to full professor in Spring 2006.
Professor Brady received her B.A. magna cum laude with distinction in the major from Yale College, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her M.A.R. summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School. While in law school, she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, Professor Brady served for one year as a project associate with the National Academy of Social Insurance and for two years as Assistant to the General Counsel at Yale University. She then clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After her clerkship, Professor Brady was a Fellow in Law and Religion and Lecturer in Law at Emory University School of Law. Before joining the faculty in 2003, Professor Brady was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Richmond Law School.
Professor Brady’s research and teaching interests focus on law and religion. Her recent publications include: “Foundations of Freedom of Conscience: Stronger Than You Think,” Roger Williams University Law Review (forthcoming) (symposium); “Religious Organizations and Free Exercise: The Surprising Lessons of Smith,” 2004 Brigham Young University Law Review 1633 (2004); “Catholic Social Thought in the Public Square: Deconstructing the Demand For Public Accessibility,” 1 Journal of Catholic Social Thought 203(2004); “Religious Organizations and Mandatory Collective Bargaining under Federal and State Labor Laws: Freedom From and Freedom For,” 49 Villanova Law Review 77 (2004); “Reflections on the Light: Judge Noonan’s Contributions to the Debate on Religion in the Public Square,” 1 University of St. Thomas Law Journal 480 (2003) (symposium); “The Push to Private Religious Expression: Are We Missing Something?,” 70 Fordham Law Review 1147 (2002); “Fostering Harmony Among the Justices: How Contemporary Debates in Theology Can Help to Reconcile the Divisions on the Court Regarding Religious Expression by the State,” 75 Notre Dame Law Review 433 (1999). She is currently working on a monograph for the Christian Jurisprudence Project (John Witte & Frank Alexander, eds.).
Professor Brady is a member of the editorial board of the Villanova Journal of Catholic Social Thought and was rapporteur and member of the Drafting Committee for Matter of Faith: Religion in American Public Life, Report of the Ninety-Sixth American Assembly, Columbia University, 2000.


Present Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Curriculum Vitae



Contact Information

Office: 205 Garey Hall
Phone: 610-519-5825
Fax: 610-519-5672


Constitutional Law (1)

Jurisprudence (1)

No Subject Area (8)