Faculty Research

fine arts

Timothy McCall, PhD, Receives $52,000 Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

One doesn’t have to be a fashionista to understand that clothing is important. It can be an expression of individuality, but it is also a shared culture and a means by which people relate, according to Timothy McCall, PhD, associate professor of Art History in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. McCall focuses much of his research on the material culture of fashion and recently received the J. Clawson Mills Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2017-2018 academic year..   More...


Departmental Faculty Research Descriptions:

Art History





Jesse Couenhoven, PhD Receives $90,000 in Research Grants to Support His Research

Does life exist on other planets? The prospect raises significant philosophical and theological questions, including whether (and how) the possibility of meeting forms of life alien to our own should influence our thinking about morality and spirituality. Jesse Couenhoven, PhD, associate professor of Moral Theology in the Department of Humanities in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was recently awarded a $70,000 grant from the Center for Theological Inquiry to support his research on this topic. More...




Departmental Faculty Research Descriptions:
Cultural Studies
Romance Languages
Theology & Religious Studies

social sciences

Matthew Matell, PhD, Receives $390,066 NIH Grant from National Institute on Drug Abuse

In the 1890s, Ivan Pavlov trained dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell, and established what the field now knows as classical conditioning. Today in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Matthew Matell, PhD, professor of Psychology, is delving deeper into this truism and applying it to his most recent grant-funded research.  More...  

Departmental Faculty Research Descriptions:
Education and Counseling
Political Science
Public Adminstration

Villanova University astronomers

Villanova Biologists Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Study Global Warming

Dr. Samantha Chapman and Adam Langley have been awarded $552,632 from the National Science Foundation's Division of Environmental Biology, Ecosystem Science to study the progress of global warming. Their proposal, The Influence of Mangrove Invasion and Rising Temperatures on Belowground Processes in Coastal Ecosystems, will monitor the migration of tropical mangrove forests towards the poles. Dr. Chapman and Dr. Langley are both internationally known for their work on climate change, and Dr. Langley is currently funded by the National Science Foundation to study the impact of global warming on our oceans.  




Departmental Faculty Research Descriptions:
Computing Science
Geography and the Environment  
Mathematics and Statistics