Department of Philosophy
Alumni Newsletter
We are pleased to bring you the first e-newsletter from the Department of Philosophy at Villanova University!  

Our undergraduate students are thriving, finding community through the Philosophy Honor Society Phi Sigma Tau, socializing in our philosophy club, or just by hanging out in the Philosophy Library. We graduated fourteen students in 2019, three of whom received Fulbright Grants for research, study, or teaching. All of our students, alumni, and their parents understand that a degree in philosophy forms the foundation for a life-long love of learning.   

Our graduate program continues to accept students from around the world. Our graduate alumni are some of the most dedicated and inventive thinkers and educators both in and beyond the academy. We continually look for opportunities to expand student development and help them gain the skills they need to meet the challenges facing higher education in the 21st century.  
Welcome Faculty
The Philosophy department has welcomed the following faculty since August 2015:
Farshid Baghai, PhD, has a primary research focus on Immanuel Kant, exploring the nature of human reason in Kant's critical philosophy.  
Delia Popa, PhD, focuses her research in the areas of Classical Phenomenology, Social Theory, Aesthetics, and Psychopathology.
Peter Koch, PhD, a clinical ethics consultant, studies biomedical ethics, philosophy of law, and philosophy of medicine.
David Tomlinson
David Tomlinson, PhD, specializes in Buddhist Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Mind.
Norman Ajari
Norman Ajari, PhD, specializes in Critical Race Theory; Africana philosophy; decolonial, postcolonial and anticolonial theories; and 20th Century continental philosophy. 
Gabor Tverdota joins the faculty as a visiting instructor for the 2019 2020 academic year.
Faculty Highlights
Sally Scholz, PhD, Earns Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University
Sally Scholz, PhD, chair of the Philosophy department, recently received a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University College of Liberal Arts, where she earned her Master's and Doctorate in Philosophy.

John Carvalho, PhD thoughtfully engages artworks specific paintings, photographs, films and artifacts —i n his new book Thinking with Images  (Routledge, 2018).
William Desmond, PhD published The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being (Cascade Books, 2018) and won the Findlay Prize for his 2016 book, The Intimate Universal.
Stephen Napier, PhD, addresses challenging questions about permissible killings in his new book Uncertain Bioethics: Moral Risk and Human Dignity (Routledge, 2019).
John Doody, PhD, co-edited Augustine and Wittgenstein, a book that focuses on Augustine's relationship to Wittgenstein. While not exhaustive of the possible connections between Augustine and Wittgenstein, the book reaffirms the deep affinity they shared, not only for the substantive philosophical issues but also for their style of philosophizing. 
Retiring Faculty

Thomas Busch
John Immerwahr
Jim McCarthy, OSA
In Memoriam

Helen S. Lang
Daniel T. Regan
Thomas Losoncy
Alumni News
David Ederer '10 CLAS
After graduating from Villanova, Ederer taught English in South Korea as a Fulbright Scholar. He went on to earn a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and then took a job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. There he managed the Global Road Safety program. During his tenure at the CDC, Ederer was also a member of the United States delegation to the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly.

Ederer is now pursuing a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech, as his time at the CDC provided insight into the link between health and the built environment. He still applies the skills he gained from Villanova's Philosophy program.

"The ability to think through different arguments and perspectives has been invaluable. What has been especially useful is my ability to write clearly and purposefully, which I think directly relates to my philosophy classes. The world doesn't separate itself into 'disciplines.' Villanova’s efforts to give students a broad, interdisciplinary education have proved useful for me."
Elizabeth (Libby) O'Brien '19 CLAS
O’Brien was one of 33 Villanovans to receive a Fulbright US Student Grant in 2019. She is using her Fulbright Research award to conduct research in the Philippines for her project, “Replant, Regrow, Repeat? Mangrove Rehabilitation Success and Local Sustainability Impacts.” 

O’Brien’s interdisciplinary project blends biology, sustainability, and environmental ethics. She is comparing existing mangrove carbon stocks—mangroves are trees that line tropical coastlines, providing flood protection and other important benefits to the environment—to those in rehabilitated populations—mangroves were often decimated to make room for shrimp farms and development but many countries started rehabilitating them after learning about their societal benefits. Within this scientific exploration, O’Brien is also researching the impact of mangrove rehabilitation on local communities—addressing issues such as government intervention, livelihood changes and economic decline—and the importance of mangroves for both science and society. 
Michael Morea, JD, '94 CLAS provides employment and business legal counseling to owners of small and medium sized businesses at Morea Law, LLC.

Brian M. Murray, JD, '08 CLAS started a tenure-track teaching position in fall 2018 at Seton Hall Law School.

Robert Duffy '13 CLAS is writing his dissertation on the relationship between literary fiction and truth at Fordham University.

Michael Vazquez '14 CLAS is in the doctoral program in Philosophy at University of Pennsylvania and is writing his dissertation about ancient Stoicism.

Mary Katharine Trotter '16 CLAS spent a year in Malaysia teaching English on a Fulbright scholarship after graduation. Since returning to the US in December 2017, she was accepted into Teach for America.

Jonathan Wan '16 CLAS attended law school at George Washington Law School.

Eric Aldieri '17 CLAS is pursuing his MA/PhD in Philosophy at DePaul University and is studying the intersections of feminist/queer theory, critical theory, and Gilles Deleuze.

Ryan Smith '17 CLAS is a JD candidate at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Emily Tenuta '17 CLAS is the Corporate Development Coordinator at Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Constan '18 CLAS is working at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC in the development department.

Ryan Kelly '18 CLAS started at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and hopes to pursue a career in criminal law.

Jalaneya Marrero-Golden '18 CLAS spent the 2018 - 2019 academic year in an Americorps position with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Portland, Oregon, as an Educational Support Specialist.

Pete McMillan '18 CLAS joined the ski patrol in Lake Tahoe and recently completed his Emergency Medical Technician training.

Joshua Procario-Foley '18 CLAS is part of the Teach for America corps, teaching middle school English at a school called Roxbury Prep in Boston.

Jacob Weiss '18 CLAS entered the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant.
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