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Knowledge@Wharton: October 25, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Andrew Santella (Author), Paul O’Keefe (Assistant Professor, Head of Psychology Studies, Yale-NUS College), Melissa Wilde (Associate Professor of Sociology, Undergraduate Chair, University of Pennsylvania), David Shapiro (Distinguished Lecturer; Coordinator of the Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics programs, John Jay College of Criminal Justice), Massimo Faggioli (Professor of Theology and Religious Studies; Author of “Catholicism and Citizenship”, Villanova University), and Felix Mormann (Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law) on the Thursday, October 25, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

David Shapiro and Dr. Felix Mormann

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: David Shapiro, Felix Mormann

Melissa Wilde and Dr. Massimo Faggioli

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Melissa Wilde, Massimo Faggioli

Paul O'Keefe

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Paul O'Keefe

Andrew Santella

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Andrew Santella

Featured Guests

Andrew Santella



Andrew Santella is an author and journalist in Brooklyn. His book Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo to Darwin to You and Me is forthcoming from Dey St./HarperCollins. His essays have been honored by the editors of the Best American Essays series and by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He writes for such publications as GQ, the New York Times Book Review, Slate, the Atlantic.com, and Commonweal. His piece on the science of happiness was named one of the year’s notable essays by the editors of the Best American Essays series. His story “No Time For You,” about careerism and marriage, won a Best Article of the Year award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 2006. His piece on Chicago’s softball sub-culture, “Diamonds in the Rough,” was a finalist for a Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is assistant varsity baseball coach at Millennium High School. He is likely at this very moment putting off doing something important.

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Paul O'Keefe

Assistant Professor, Head of Psychology Studies, Yale-NUS College


Assistant Professor Paul O’Keefe earned his BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and his PhD in Social Psychology from Duke University. He was also awarded the Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship, a title he held at Stanford University. Asst Prof O’Keefe joined the Yale-NUS faculty in 2014.

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Melissa Wilde

Associate Professor of Sociology, Undergraduate Chair, University of Pennsylvania


One overarching question has driven my research as a comparative-historical sociologist: How can we better understand the ways in which religious institutions respond to social, cultural, and demographic change?

In pursuit of this question, I have investigated: the cultural factors and social movements that directed the Second Vatican Council in the Roman Catholic Church (1962-65); the demographic factors that explain why American Protestantism has gone from being majority Mainline to majority conservative and evangelical; the role religious competition and marketing played in encouraging the Roman Catholic Church to exponentially increase its granting of marital annulments; and how racialized concerns about “runaway fertility” among Catholic and Jewish immigrants caused many of America’s most prominent religious groups to rather suddenly liberalize on birth control in the early 1930s.  Most recently, my interest in religious change has led me to examine the ways in which the structure of American religion has not changed – especially how and why religion remains deeply intertwined with inequality – in the US, but also around the world – and what this means, both theoretically and methodologically.

Examining these various research questions has, more often than not, required gathering my own data – from personal letters and Council votes from the Vatican Secret Archive on the part of 3000 bishops, to more than 10,000 articles from denominational periodicals for more than 30 religious groups over more than 50 years, to, most recently, developing a module for the General Social Survey so that we can better identify and understand Conservative Protestants and their political views.  As a result, the research methods I use are varied – requiring everything from careful qualitative analysis of obscure archival sources in foreign languages to advanced statistical analysis of databases that I build myself.
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David Shapiro

Distinguished Lecturer; Coordinator of the Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics programs, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


David M. Shapiro serves as a Distinguished Lecturer and Coordinator of the Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics program and was formerly Deputy Director of the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting program under the Master of Public Administration – Inspection and Oversight degree at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, teaching fraud examination, financial forensics, and managerial inspection and oversight-related courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels under the Department of Public Management. He has published articles in the areas of accounting, finance, and risk management. Among his published works is a special chapter for the book “How They Got Away with It: White Collar Criminals and the Financial Meltdown”.

David is a financial and nonfinancial due diligence specialist. He is also an expert on financial investigations and law enforcement. His extensive background includes work as an FBI special agent and assistant legal advisor, an assistant prosecutor in Essex County, NJ, and the Global Practice Leader at Aon’s Corporate Investigative Solutions–where he led investigations of financial crimes. In brief, David has focused on conduct and financial crime risks, including the use of financial metrics to prevent and detect organizational and occupational frauds.
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Massimo Faggioli

Professor of Theology and Religious Studies; Author of “Catholicism and Citizenship”, Villanova University


Dr. Massimo Faggioli, a married lay Roman Catholic, is full professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. He worked in the “John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies” in Bologna between 1996 and 2008.
He was co-chair of the study group “Vatican II Studies” for the American Academy of Religion between 2012 and 2017. He has a column in La Croix International, and is contributing writer for Commonweal magazine and for the Italian magazine Il Regno.
Dr. Faggioli books and articles have been published in eight languages. His most recent publications include the books: “A Council for the Global Church: Receiving Vatican II in History” (2015), “The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II” (2016), “Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century” (2017)


Twitter- @MassimoFaggioli

Book- https://www.amazon.com/Catholicism-Citizenship-Political-Cultures-Twenty-First/dp/0814684238
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Felix Mormann

Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law


Felix Mormann is Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law and Faculty Fellow at Stanford University’s Steyer–Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Professor Mormann’s research interests lie at the intersection of law and innovation in the context of environmental and energy law and policy. Drawing on his background as an internationally trained corporate and energy lawyer, Mormann currently investigates domestic and international regulation and policy related to clean-energy technologies. His often–comparative research starts from the premise that environmentally sustainable energy solutions require an economically sustainable policy landscape to leverage necessary investment.

Professor Mormann’s recent publications include Constitutional Challenges and Regulatory Opportunities for State Climate Policy Innovation, 41 Harvard Envtl. L. Rev. 189 (2017), Clean Energy Federalism, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 1621 (2015), Beyond Tax Credits – Smarter Tax Policy for a Cleaner, More Democratic Energy Future, 31 Yale J. Reg. 303 (2014), and Enhancing the Investor Appeal of Renewable Energy, 42 Envtl. L. 681 (2012). Professor Mormann’s work has been widely cited, including before the U.S. Senate. He advises federal policymakers on clean energy and energy efficiency.

Previously, Mormann was a research fellow and lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he conducted research for his doctoral dissertation. Mormann worked as a corporate and energy lawyer for some of Germany’s premiere law firms. As a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, he advised international clients from the high-tech sector. Professor Mormann holds a German JD and a JSD from the University of Passau School of Law as well as an LLM from UC Berkeley School of Law.
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