Derek S. Jeffreys is a professor of Humanities and Religion at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. He teaches courses in the humanities, ethics and the philosophy of religion. His research focuses on personalism and violence, with a particular emphasis on punishment and incarceration. He is author of Defending Human Dignity: John Paul II and Political Realism (Brazos Press, 2004), Spirituality and the Ethics of Torture (Palgrave, 2009), Spirituality in Dark Places: The Ethics of Solitary Confinement (Palgrave, 2013), and America’s Jails: The Search for Human Dignity in an Age of Mass Incarceration (NYU Press, 2018). He is currently working on issues related to hope and mental illness in penal institutions.
Peter J. Colosi is associate professor of philosophy at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He earned his BS in mathematics from Franciscan University, an MA in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University, and his MPhil and PhD from The International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He publishes in areas including medical ethics, Catholic social and moral teaching, philosophical personalism and Franciscan studies. He is co-founder of the Theology of the Body International Symposia, co-founder of and lecturer at the Catholic Medical Student and Resident Boot Camp of the Catholic Medical Association, and a Hildebrand Project Associated Scholar.