Faculty News


Dr. Beatrice Waggaman published a translation of Roux (Redheads), 2014 by Lieux Dits Editions. The book features photographs by Genevieve Boutry and texts by Xavier Fauche, David Le Breton, Jean-Laurent Vonau, Joël Delaine as well as many testimonies of redheads.


Dr. Seth Whidden published Authority in Crisis in French Literature 1850-1880, Ashgate, November 2014.

Other news:

                                                                  Drs. Etienne Achille and Hibba Abugideiri obtained a grant for a new
                                                                  interdisciplinary, team-taught course: “France, North Africa, and Modern
” by the Interdisciplinary Grant Program.



Dr. Cristina Percoco has been awarded the Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellowship for First Year Faculty, focused on learning, teaching, and assessment in higher education as well as scholarly teaching sponsored by VITAL that supports full-time, first-year faculty members at Villanova University


Dr. Mercedes Juliá was invited to participate in the International Symposium "One Hundred Years of Platero and I", (2014), at the University of Huelva, Spain.  Invited to the symposium were several Jiménez Scholars from different parts of the world.  Read more...



Dr. Mercedes Juliá was invited to deliver a lecture at the University of Maryland (College Park) to Celebrate the Centenary of the Publication of Platero y yo by Juan Ramón Jiménez, the second most read book in the Spanish language after Don Quixote. In the picture, Dr. Graciela Palau de Nemes, fourth from left, Dr. Carmen Benito, Dr. Mercedes Juliá, and Dr. José María Naharro Calderón, together with graduate students of the University of Maryland’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


Dr. Luca Cottini is the recipient of the 2014 ISSNAF award for the Humanities presented to the best manuscript by an Italian scholar who resides in North America. The manuscript is published by The University of Toronto Press. The Art of Objects. Designing Italy’s Way to Modernity (18778-1928) focuses on the emergence of industrial modernity in Italy at the turn of the 20th century.

                                                                    Dr. Adriano Duque has been chosen as this year's recipient
                                                                    of the Villanova Outstanding Faculty Mentor Teaching Award.

                                                                    Dr. Carmen Peraita has been invited to participate in the research group
                                                                    titled "Estudio bibliográfico, analítico y documental de la segunda
                                                                    parte del Quijote," directed by Dr. Victor Infantes de Miguel from the
                                                                    Universidad Complutense of Madrid.