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Villanova University’s Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good Announces Distinguished Faculty Fellows

The Ryan Center welcomes William B. Allen, past Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; and, Stephen A. Cambone, the first Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence at the U.S. Department of Defense

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University has welcomed William B. Allen, PhD, and Stephen A. Cambone, PhD, as faculty fellows. Established in 2005, the Ryan Center promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies.  Among the Center’s areas of focus are citizenship, statesmanship and liberty in the study of political theory and contemporary politics.

While in residence both Fellows will engage in a research initiative on the “American National Character” and teach several courses at the University.

“We are thrilled to have on board such distinguished Fellows, who are both fine scholars and possess years of high level experience in the real world of politics,” said Dr. Colleen Sheehan, Professor of Politics and Director of the Ryan Center at Villanova.

William B. Allen, the Veritas Fund Senior Fellow at the Matthew J. Ryan Center, is past Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, (appointed by the President to the eight person agency of the United States), as well as a past member of the National Council for the Humanities.  Allen is Emeritus Dean and Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State University’s James Madison College. He also serves as an Academic Advisor and Faculty Member in the Institute for Responsible Citizenship at Georgetown University.

Allen is the author of several books, including George Washington: America’s First Progressive; Rethinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of Harriet Beecher Stowe; and numerous other works on political philosophy and American political thought and history.  He was recently selected Fulbright Distinguished Chair, People’s Republic of China, for 2012-2013.

Stephen A. Cambone, PhD, the Thomas W. Smith Senior Fellow at the Matthew J. Ryan Center, served in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) from 2001-06. He was twice nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate for senior positions, including as the first Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.  In that role, Cambone was responsible for the oversight of the DOD’s intelligence activities and budgets, as well as its relationship with the Director of National Intelligence and the broader intelligence community. In recognition of his accomplishments in DOD, Cambone was awarded the DOD Distinguished Public Service Medal by the Secretary of Defense, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal by the Director of National Intelligence.

Cambone served as a senior executive at QinetiQ North America and later founded the consulting firm Adirondack Advisors, LLC, advising public and private sector leaders in strategic planning, operations and budgeting, and technology. Cambone’s primary research interests are in national security and American politics. He is currently developing a project that will pattern an examination of the contemporary American polity on Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.

The Ryan Center honors the legacy of Matthew J. Ryan, a distinguished graduate of Villanova University and Villanova Law School, who served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for over 40 years. During his tenure in the House, he held the position of Majority and Minority Whip, Majority and Minority Leader, and from 1995 until 2003 he served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.