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Three Villanova Faculty Members Named 2016-17 Fulbright Scholars

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Three Villanova University professors have received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to support their research and teaching. Adriano Duque and Irene Kan from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Tuan Samahon from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law 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 three Villanova 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.”

Duque, an associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures 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.”

Kan, a professor of Psychology, 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, 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.

Samahon, a professor and scholar in the areas of constitutional law and federal courts, will serve as a Fulbright scholar with the law faculty at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He teaches and writes about separation of powers and governmental accountability at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. While in Croatia, Samahon will teach a seminar in spring 2017 on comparative approaches to public administrative law, with an emphasis on transparency.

Last year, Susan Mackey-Kallis (Communication) and Paul Steege (History) from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Kim Cahill from the Villanova School of Business were 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: 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 six collegesthe College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit