The Catholic University of America

Human Ecology: Integrating 125 Years of Catholic Social Doctrine

Presented by The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics

March 16 – 18, 2016

Catherine Pakaluk
Chair, Economics Department 
Ave Maria University


Catherine Ruth Pakaluk is Chair of the Economics Department at Ave Maria University and Founder-Director of the Stein Center for Social Research at Ave Maria University, an interdisciplinary institute for advanced studies in social science and social thought. Her primary areas of research include Catholic social thought, political economy, economics of education and religion, family studies, and demography. Dr. Pakaluk is the 2015 recipient of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award, a prize given for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.” 

Dr. Pakaluk earned her doctorate in economics at Harvard University (2010), where her dissertation examined the relationship between religion and educational outcomes.
Pakaluk is also a widely-admired writer and sought-after speaker on matters of culture, gender, social science, the vocation of women, and the work of Edith Stein. She lives in Ave Maria, Florida with her husband Michael and seven children.