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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Faculty Advisory Committee

 Rosemary Avery received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1971, her Honors in Science degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1982, and her Master’s of Science (1984) and Ph.D. degrees (1988) in Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University. Dr. Avery joined the Cornell University faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing in 1988. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the department of Policy Analysis and Management in 1994, and to the rank of Professor in 2000. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management.


Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; he currently also serves as Director of the Dyson School. Dr. Barrett is a Faculty Fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. He also serves as the Director of the Cornell Institute for International Food, Agriculture and Development’s initiative on Stimulating Agricultural and Rural Transformation, and served as the founding Associate Director for Economic Development programs for the ACSF. He lives with his wife, Clara, and their five children in Lansing, NY.


Jonathan Butcher is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, where he has taught since 2007. He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Virginia in 2000, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2004. Jonathan participated in the starting of the very first Christian Study Center at the University of Virginia as a student. Jonathan’s research focuses on understanding how tissue assembly and maturation during embryonic development are controlled by mechanical signaling, and in turn how these developmental signaling pathways are reactivated in postnatal diseases. He applies this information to engineer new regenerative and therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular diseases. Jonathan is also the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the undergraduate major of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell, which began in 2015. He has a passion for building student community and exploring the intersections of science, engineering, and the human condition. He and his wife Christine live in Ithaca NY with their five children.

Andrew Chignell is an Associate Professor in Cornell's Sage School of Philosophy. His academic work is primarily in Kant & modern philosophy, with the occasional effort in contemporary epistemology, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion. Increasingly interested in animal and food ethics, he teaches a class on "The Ethics of Eating" and is co-editing a book called Philosophy Comes to Dinner: Essays on the Ethics of Eating.




David Williamson is a professor at Cornell in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE). He previously worked as a Senior Manager at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California and a Research Staff Member at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. His degrees (bachelor, masters, and doctorate) are all from MIT. He lives with his wife and three children in Ithaca. In his rare moments of spare time he enjoys reading and road biking.