Alan R. Crippen II
President & Founder
John Jay Institute
Alan R. Crippen II is founder and president of the John Jay Institute. Previously Mr. Crippen served for nine years as founding rector of the Witherspoon Fellowship, a leading civic and cultural leadership development program for college-age students based in Washington, D.C. He has two decades of experience in non-profit executive management and college level teaching including vice-president for policy and academic affairs at Family Research Council, senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and director of development at International Students, Inc. in Colorado Springs. His military service includes platoon and battery command as well as various battalion staff operations and planning positions in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. Mr. Crippen’s vocational passion is for the formation of young leaders who aspire to public life. He is particularly inspired to prepare them with the contours of a worldview, knowledge, and piety requisite for faith-informed service in the public square. Mr. Crippen holds degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary (M.A.R.) and Cairn University (B.S.) and is an ordained presbyter and archdeacon in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). He, and his wife, Michelle, have five children and reside in Bala Cynwyd, a western suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Director of Philanthropy
John Jay InstitutePhiladelphia, PA
Tiffany Bradley is the Director of Philanthropy at the John Jay Institute, where she directs and manages all philanthropy activities including major gift and planned giving programs as well as all public relations and external communications. Prior to joining the John Jay Institute, Miss Bradley served as the Director of Philanthropy for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute in Herndon, Virginia, the Director of Development for the Alabama Policy Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Philanthropy and Event Planning Specialist for the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. Miss Bradley is passionate about developing faith-centered, principled leadership for our nation and enjoys mentoring aspiring leaders both personally and professionally. Miss Bradley graduated from Appalachian State University, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Political Science. Miss Bradley attends Tenth Presbyterian Church and resides in Narberth, a western suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Douglas C. Minson
Senior Fellow for Culture and Education
John Jay Institute
Douglas C. Minson serves as Senior Fellow for Culture and Education at the John Jay Institute where he helps direct curriculum development and the Institute’s executive seminar programs. Mr. Minson is headmaster at Veritas Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Minson’s professional experience includes positions in para-academic educational program administration and college-level teaching, editing of a public policy journal, and writing for public discourse. Prior to joining the John Jay Institute as Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Programs in 2012, he worked nearly four years as executive director of academic affairs at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, overseeing and directing national core educational programming and ISI’s student journalism initiative. Mr. Minson has worked closely with the Institute’s founder Alan Crippen for a number of years both at the John Jay Institute and as the associate rector of the Witherspoon Fellowship at the Family Research Council. He also held editorial management and research positions at Prison Fellowship Ministries, working with and writing for ministry chairman Charles W. Colson. His abiding vocational passion is communicating and cultivating in students an appreciation for the perennial ideas that animate and sustain the cultural, intellectual, moral, and political traditions of Western Civilization. Mr. Minson is an alumnus of the College of William and Mary in the Commonwealth of Virginia and received his M.A. and doctoral studies in Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He and his wife Jennifer make their home with their four children in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Janice Anselm Chik, M.A., Ph.D. (Candidate)
John Jay Institute
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Janice Anselm Chik is a research associate with the John Jay Institute. Her academic research concerns the metaphysics of human action, the philosophy of psychology and ethics. In treating the foundational issues surrounding human behavior, she also works to develop their considerable relevance in the fields of law, political theory and economics. A former Witherspoon Fellow in Washington, D.C., Ms. Chik holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, with Certificates in the Woodrow Wilson School of Policy and International Affairs as well as in Music Performance, and a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005-2006, she was a High Meadows Fellow at Princeton University where she worked in the Office of the Dean of the College, followed by graduate studies in philosophy as a recipient of the Darrell K. Royal Fellowship in Ethics and American Society. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in contemporary philosophy of action and metaphysics at the University of St. Andrews. Ms. Chik resides in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Lorraine Krall McCrary, Ph.D.
John Jay Institute
Lorraine Krall McCrary is a research associate with the John Jay Institute. Mrs. McCrary’s research and scholarship are directed to understanding the conception of women’s freedom in the political thought of Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, and Hannah Arendt, with particular attention to exploring the dangers of abstracting the liberal ideal of freedom from nature and custom. Mrs. McCrary also has research interests in the intersection of religion and politics, as well as in the relationship between politics and literature (especially poetry). She has been awarded several academic fellowships for her scholarship, including the Weaver and Earhart Fellowships, and was a Tocqueville Forum Graduate Fellow and a Witherspoon Fellow. Her reviews have been published in the Journal of Church and State. Mrs. McCrary graduated (summa cum laude) from Grove City College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and English. She has studied at Baylor University’s Institute for Church-State Studies and received her Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University. A native of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Mrs. McCrary resides in suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with her husband, Lewis.
Marty Manor Mullins, M.A., Ph.D.
John Jay Institute
New Orleans, Louisiana
Marty Manor Mullins is a research associate with the John Jay Institute. Her research and scholarship focus on East Central European history, politics and urbanity, as well as Soviet history. After completing a year of dissertation research in Slovakia on an Andrew Mellon IIE fellowship, she returned to the University of Washington in Seattle where she graduated with a Ph.D. in History in 2013. Her dissertation, “Slovakia’s Second City in Times of Turbulence: Kosice and its Hungarians, Eastern Rite Catholics and Steelworkers in 1948, 1968, and 1989” focuses on the history of Slovakia’s second-largest city under Communism.
Ms. Mullins’ interest in the region stems from living in the eastern Slovak city of Kosice, where she taught English to Slovak university and high school students from 2000-2002 and again from 2005-2008. While in Slovakia she was an active participant in the Ladislav Hanus Fellowship, a professional fraternity of public service professionals and an organizational partner in the John Jay Institute’s Global Leadership Network.
She currently lives with her husband in New Orleans and serves as a Visiting Professor at Tulane University.
Karen Rupprecht, Ph.D. (Candidate)
John Jay Institute
Karen Rupprecht is a research associate with the John Jay Institute. Her academic research interests are in natural law and the interplay of religion and politics in international affairs. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ms. Rupprecht was a Witherspoon Fellow in Washington D.C. and John Jay Fellow prior to her doctoral studies. She holds joint Bachelors of Arts degrees in Political Science and French from Marquette University and is currently studying comparative political theory with a focus on the medieval era in both Islamic and Western political philosophy at Georgetown University. She holds a certificate in Classics from Northwestern University, where she began her doctoral studies. Before her fellowship at the John Jay Institute, Karen was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco as a health and hygiene educator, English instructor and advisor to local NGOs.
Jonathan D. Teubner, M.A., Ph.D. (Candidate)
John Jay Institute
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Jonathan D. Teubner is a research associate with the John Jay Institute. Over the past several years he has been engaged with research on the relationship between theology and economics, focusing on the metaphysical and ontological commitments of 20th century economic theory. As an Arabist, he also takes a particular interest in the growth of Christian communities in North Africa and the Middle East. A former Witherspoon Fellow in Washington, D.C., Mr. Teubner holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in historical theology from Yale Divinity School. In 2009-2010, he was a teaching fellow at Yale Divinity School and received a grant from the Global Commerce Network to research the influence of Christian commitments in the labor market. The recipient of a Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme Studentship, he is currently pursuing doctoral studies in philosophy of religion at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, where his research explores the formation of the Augustinian tradition in the 6th century. His academic memberships include the American Academy of Religion and the Royal Economic Society (UK). Jonathan and his wife Rachel live in Cambridge, England.
Connor Ewing, Ph.D. (Candidate)
Connor Ewing is a doctoral candidate in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, and a M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago. A 2008 alumnus of the John Jay Institute, Ewing is a regular contributor to Humane Pursuits.
Miriel Thomas, Ph.D. (Candidate)
Miriel Thomas is a doctoral candidate in political science at Baylor University with concentrations in American politics, constitutional law, and political theory. Her interests include American political institutions, structural constitutionalism, the federal equity power, separation of powers dynamics, and civil liberties jurisprudence. To date, Thomas has presented research at meetings of the Texas Political Science Graduate Student Association, the New England Political Science Association, and the American Political Science Association. She currently serves as a member of the editorial board at Humane Pursuits. Thomas holds a BA in politics from Ave Maria University and is a Fall 2009 alumna of the John Jay Institute.