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Academia and Research Mentors

Amy Davies

Contact: 617-496-1100;
Title: Director of MPA Programs, Harvard Kennedy School

Areas of Expertise/Interest:  higher education administration, non-profit management, crisis and conflict management.

Amy Davies is the Director of MPA programs at the Harvard Kennedy School, managing the 2 year and 1 year Masters in Public Administration Programs. Prior to joining HKS, Amy worked for just under ten years in national and regional roles for the U.S. Office of Habitat for Humanity International. At HFHI, she led the organization’s U.S. Policy Committee and the effort to create its first national policy standards and quality assurance process. She also helped create the organization’s internal crisis and conflict management department. Earlier in her career Amy worked with Accenture. She graduated with an MPA from Harvard in 2010 and with a BA in Honors from Villanova University in 1998.

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Caitlin Fouratt

Title: Assistant Professor of International Studies, California State University, Long Beach

Areas of expertise/interest: Anthropology, graduate studies, Latin American Studies, immigration research, Fulbright grants, grant writing, studying/living abroad 

Caitlin graduated from Villanova in 2004 with a double major in Spanish and Honors. She received a Fulbright grant (2004-2005) to study xenophobia in Costa Rica and then completed an MPhil in Latin American Studies at Cambridge University (2005-2006). She worked for several years as a research consultant and study abroad program coordinator in Costa Rica before entering the PhD program in Anthropology at UC Irvine.
Caitlin's dissertation research in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, about the configuration of care and kinship in Nicaraguan transnational families was funded by a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and an IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Study (formerly the Fulbright-Hays).


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Anne Ryan Hanafin

Contact: 06250 Mougins, France;;
Title: Independent Scholar

Anne Ryan Hanafin is an independent scholar who lives in the South of France. After receiving undergraduate degrees in Honors Arts and History from Villanova University, and pursuing post-graduate work in Irish Studies at National University of Ireland, Galway, she worked in non-profit administration and cultural affairs in both Ireland and the US. Anne's areas of expertise include events management, board liaison, development, grant research/writing, and communications. She also brings specialist knowledge of arts and culture on the island of Ireland, particularly theatre and the performing arts. Anne is currently working on a number of projects, including a blog entitled Diary of a Vague American.

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Jim Hogan, Ph.D.

Contact:; 918.407.2905
Title: Tutor in Math, Science, ELL

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Robert McNamara

Contact:; 215-237-1973
Title: 11th & 12th Grade Teacher, Jenkintown High School 

Areas of Expertise/Interest: What to do with a Philosophy degree, education, coaching, AmeriCorps programs

Robert McNamara is a 2008 graduate of the Villanova Honors program with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Sociology. In 2012 he received his Masters in Education from Villanova as well. He is currently an English teacher at Jenkintown High School, and took a rather circuitous path to that position. Robert has insight for anyone unsure of what their "life after college" is going to look like.

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Christine Muller, Ph.D.

Title: Dean of Saybrook College, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Areas of Expertise/Interest: University-level teaching in American Studies, particularly in the areas of popular culture, contemporary culture, trauma, and terrorism; research in trauma studies and popular culture, particularly in the areas of cultural trauma and September 11, 2001; university-level academic advisement.

Christine Muller, former Honors Program Assistant Director, received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2011.  In July 2012, she began her appointment as Dean of Saybrook College, one of Yale University's 12 residential colleges.  As Dean, she serves as the academic and personal adviser for Saybrook's 481 undergraduates, from their freshman through senior years and from throughout Yale College's areas of study.  Responsibilities also include maintaining active engagement in teaching and scholarship.

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Bruce O'Neill

Title: PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

Area of Expertise: Graduate education, Social Sciences, Poverty Studies, Fulbright Grants

Bruce is a PhD Candidate studying homelessness in Post-Communist Romania. This includes research on formal institutions like homeless shelters and day centers as well as informal spaces such as "squatter camps" and "black markets." Bruce completed part of his research as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to starting his doctorate, Bruce did his master's at the London School of Economics and served as an "Urban Fellow" at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. 

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Kristin Salber, M.S.

Title: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate, Drexel University

I'm originally from Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from Villanova in 2006.  I'm an alum of Interdisc, and was a dual honors and psychology major.

I'm currently working towards my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with a concentration in health psychology.  I would be more than happy to talk with students who are considering any type of career in psychology - especially if they'd like advice on navigating the grad school application process! 

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Laura Stevens

Contact:; 918-631-2859
Title: Associate Professor of English, University of Tulsa
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Area of expertise: Academia

I graduated from Villanova in 1991 with majors in Honors and Philosophy, then in 1992 went to the University of Michigan for graduate school in English, finishing with my Ph.D. in 1998. That year I was hired by the University of Tulsa in 1998 and tenured in 2004. I specialize in eighteenth-century British and early American literature, transatlantic studies, and feminist criticism. In 2004 I published a book, The Poor Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial Sensibility, with the University of Pennsylvania Press. I edit a journal, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

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Lisa Winter, Ph.D.

Title: Staff Scientist, Atmospheric and Environmental Research

Areas of Expertise/Interest: I can advise about careers in scientific research and graduate studies in the sciences (particularly astronomy/physics).  I have experience working in academia, government, and industry.

While at VU, I was awarded a 2002 Goldwater scholarship for research and departmental awards for research and academic excellence in astronomy.  Following graduation from VU in 2003, with a BS in Astronomy/Astrophysics and BS in Honors (minor physics), I attended the University of Maryland, College Park.  At UMD, I conducted research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, receiving a departmental award for academic excellence and obtained my Ph.D. in 2008.  I continued research on black hole astrophysics as a post-doc at the University of Colorado at Boulder with the Hubble Space Telescope Cosmic Origins Spectrograph team and subsequently was awarded a Hubble Fellowship for astronomical research.  Over this time, I published dozens of scientific articles, presented dozens of seminars/colloquia, and traveled extensively to both present my research results and obtain astronomical observations.  Currently, I am a staff scientist with Atmospheric and Environmental Research working in the field of space weather.

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