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The Center for Thomas More Studies

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Our Mission

To advance the study and teaching of Thomas More’s life and writings, especially More’s understanding of liberty, law, and leading citizens.


Major Programs:

Publication of educational resources, especially the CTMS website to support research projects on Thomas More and statesmanship




Dr. Gerard WegemerDr. Gerard Wegemer is professor of literature at the University of Dallas and the founding director of the Center for Thomas More Studies. Among his publications are Young Thomas More and the Arts of Liberty (2011), Thomas More on Statesmanship (1996) and Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage (1995). He edited The Thomas More Source Book (2004) with Dr. Stephen W. Smith, and is currently editing a paperback series of More’s major works.







Senior Advisors:

Dr. Clarence Miller+Dr. Clarence Miller (1930-2019), Professor Emeritus at St. Louis University, served from 1979 to 1998 as the Executive Editor of Yale University’s The Complete Works of St. Thomas More. He wrote on a wide range of topics, but most famously he edited and translated, from Latin, numerous works including Praise of Folly, Utopia, and The Sadness of Christ for Yale UP and several of Erasmus’ works for Toronto UP. He served on the Research Committee of Moreana from 1974 to 2019 and as a senior advisor for the Center for Thomas More Studies from its founding in 2000 to his death in 2019. He completed his doctorate at Harvard University in 1955.







Dr. Elizabeth McCutcheon Dr. Elizabeth McCutcheon, Professor Emerita and long-time chair of Graduate Studies at the University of Hawaii, served as president of the Amici Thomae Mori for many years. She has served as an editor of Moreana since 1976 as well as an editor of Cithara and for the Neo-Latin Society. Among her many publications on Thomas More and his circle is My Dear Peter: The Ars Poetica and Hermeneutics for More’s Utopia. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.







Dr. Seymour Baker House Dr. Seymour Baker House, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, completed his doctorate at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, his masters at Concordia University in Montreal, taught at Otago University in New Zealand, at Université Catholique in Angers, France, and now as full professor and retired dean of Mount Angel College in Oregon. He joined the editorial board of Moreana in 1992.







Dr. Marie Claire Phelippeau Dr. Marie-Claire Phelippeau is an editor of Moreana, the international journal dedicated to Thomas More studies that was begun in 1963; she served as editor-in-chief from 2008 through 2016. Earlier, she was Professor of Language and Literature at Lycée Joffre in Montpellier (Hérault), France, and completed her doctorate at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. Her recent books include the biography Thomas More (2016) and Pour l’Amour du Ciel (2012).