Rev. John Simon McNerney, PhD

About Rev. John Simon McNerney, PhD

In addition to teaching for CDU, Dr. John Simon Mc Nerney is a Faculty Member of the Theological College of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and Director of the Basselin Scholars of the Theological College of The Catholic University of America. He was named the First Distinguished Michael Novak Scholar. He is also an elected Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology based in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mc Nerney is a published author of many articles and books. Wealth of Persons: Economics with a Human Face received coverage in The Wall Street Journal. The book was nominated for the 2021 “Economy and Society” International Awards conferred by the Centesimus Annus-Pro-Pontifice Foundation, Rome, Italy. He also authored Pope John Paul II: Poet and Philosopher (Burns & Oates, London, and Continuum Press, New York). Myself as Another: Reflections on Who I Am (New City Press, New York) is forthcoming.

He has spoken at various international conferences in the USA, Africa, Canada, Europe, Brazil, the Philippines, and China. Talks in China were given at various universities from Shenyang’s Liaoning to Inner Mongolia, Xian, and then southwest to Nanchong and the China West University. Themes included “The Human Person Unfurled: Language and Friendship as Oases of Personal Communion.”

His academic research interests lie in a philosophy of the human person and its application to various dimensions, such as in the arts and business life. He co-designed and taught a new course at The Catholic University of America called “Approaches to the Human Person: Entrepreneurial Perspectives.”


PhD (Philosophy) University College Dublin
Titled: Towards an Economic Philosophical Anthropology: An Austrian Perspective
MLitt (Philosophy, with First Class Honors) University College Dublin
Thesis: Footbridge Towards the Other: A Philosophical Investigation into the notion of the Human Person in the writings of Karol Wojtyła, with special reference to the paradigm of the Neighbour
STB (Theology, with Honors) Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
BA degree (Philosophy) University College, Dublin, Ireland

Area of Teaching Specialization: Philosophy