Robert McFadden


Research Focus: Reception of Classical Authors in Latin Patristic Literature (esp. St. Augustine), Ancient Philosophical and Patristic Theories of Friendship, The Philosophical Dialogue, Ciceronian Friendship in the Late Roman Republic 

Background: My research broadly focuses on both Classical and Patristic authors use literature to live out their philosophical and/or theological convictions. Since my Master’s work at Vanderbilt, I have been particularly interested in how St. Augustine appropriates Ciceronian friendship in his Cassiciacum dialogues. My favorite works by St. Augustine are his Cassiciacum Dialogues, the Confessions, andDe Doctrina Christiana. Among Cicero’s works, I enjoy the LaeliusDe Re Publica, and theTusculanae Disputationes

Undergraduate Institution: Bachelor of Arts, Classics with minor in Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati, 2009

Master of Arts Institution: Master of Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2011.

Publications: “Summary of Events,” in Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of Its Practices and Beliefs, eds. Patout Burns and Robin Jensen, pg. xxxvii-xli (Eerdmans Publishing Co., August 2014) 


Teaching Assistant, Archaeology of Pompeii and Herculaneum: Daily Life in the Ancient Roman World, Spring 2012, University of Notre Dame
Teaching Assistant, Ancient Greece and Rome, Fall 2012, University of Notre Dame
Instructor of Record, Beginning Greek I, Spring 2013, University of Notre Dame
Teaching Assistant, The History of Ancient Rome, Fall 2013, University of Notre Dame

Instructor of Record, Friendship and Literature: Classical and Early Christian Perspectives, Fall 2014, University of Notre Dame

Grants and Special Projects:
Graduate Student Union Conference Presentation Grant,  Spring 2012.

Laughlin Fellowship, Summer 2013.

PhD in Literature Summer Fellowship, Summer 2014

Conference Presentations:

American Catholic Historical Association Spring Conference, “Cicero as Consoler: Jerome and the Alleviation of Grief of Fourth-Century Christians,” Tulane University, March 2012.

North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, “Augustine’s Cicero: Wisdom and Rhetoric in the Confessions,” May 2013.

Conversion and Literature Graduate Student Workshop, “Alypius and Augustine: A Tale of Ciceronian Christians,” University of Notre Dame, September 2013.

North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, “Ciceronian Christians: Friendship in the Contra Academicos, May 2014.

Contact information:
323 O'Shaughnessy Hall