Two CLAS Faculty Members Named 2016-17 Fulbright Scholars

Faculty Fulbright 2016
Adriano Duque, PhD (left) and Irene Kan, PhD awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Two Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences professors have received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to support their research and teaching. Adriano Duque, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Irene Kan, PhD, associate professor of Psychology were each awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), marking the second consecutive year that CLAS faculty members received the honor.

Each year the Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers more than 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

“At Villanova, we pride ourselves on having faculty who are true teacher-scholars—dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research,” said Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, Provost of Villanova University. “The consistent success of Villanova faculty in this prestigious, national program speaks volumes about the strength of our academic programs and our longstanding commitment to exceptional teaching and scholarship.” 

Dr. Duque has been awarded a research grant to study Muslim-Christian relations in Morocco. He will spend January through August 2017 at Abdelmalek Essaadi University-Tetouan, conducting research for his project titled: “Celebrating John the Baptist: Shared Saint Veneration Among Muslims and Christians in Morocco.”

Dr. Kan was selected for a Fulbright Scholar Award at the University of Toronto, Ontario (Fall 2016) and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair award at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta (Spring 2017).  While in Toronto, she will be collaborating with scientists at the University of Toronto and the Rotman Research Institute, examining the cognitive architecture and neural bases of human memory. At the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Kan will work with researchers at the Department of Neuroscience and the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, investigating the neural underpinnings of cognitive control and memory monitoring processes.

Last year, Susan Mackey-Kallis (Communication) and Paul Steege (History) from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences named Fulbright Scholars. For more on the Fulbright Scholars program, click here.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the scholar division of the Institute of International Education (IIE), is well known for its expertise and extensive experience in conducting international exchange programs for scholars and university administrators. For nearly seventy years, CIES ( has administered the Fulbright Scholar Program, the United States flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs  (ECA).

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:  Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world.  With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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