Four Villanova Political Science Students Win Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Grants

Fifteen Villanova students were awarded Fulbright Grants this year, of whom four are Political Science majors.

Nicholas Azulay (’18 CLAS), of Millburn, N.J., will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minors in Peace & Justice and English. Azulay spent summer 2017 studying in the Czech Republic, where he will return as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Upon completion of his Fulbright year, he intends to pursue a career in the field of international development.

Lily Haddad (’18 CLAS), of Boyertown, Pa., will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Arab & Islamic Studies, with a minor in Arabic Language & Culture. Haddad spent summer 2016 in Morocco, where she studied and interned with a NGO. She will use her Fulbright Research award to return to Morocco to complete a project titled, “Non-Formal Education and Combatting School Attrition in Morocco.”

Aida Mohajeri (’17 CLAS), of Paoli, Pa., graduated in December 2016 with a degree in Arab & Islamic Studies and Political Science, as well as Arabic Language and Culture, Peace & Justice, and Honors minors. She will use her Fulbright award to research the implementation of laws for students with different abilities in the United Arab Emirates. Mohajeri will pursue graduate study in Middle Eastern Policy and International Education—with a focus on Special Education—upon her return to the U.S.

Milan Smoak-Booker (’18 CLAS), of Washington, D.C., will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in SociologyShe will use her Fulbright award to teach English in South Korea. Upon completion of her Fulbright year, Smoak-Booker intends to pursue a career in education policy.

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1968: Philly and the World, Co-hosted by Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Villanova’s Lepage Center

In 1968, Philadelphia and the world were rocked by war, protest, and social unrest. Fifty years later, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest are convening a group of scholars to examine the legacy, resonance, and lasting impact of that tumultuous year.

1968: Philly and the World will take place on Friday, April 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Panels of historians and journalists will explore four key themes—music, sports, war, and protest—with short talks and roundtable conversations.

The event is free and open to the public; advance registration is requested. More information is available at



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Political Theology Project: A Workshop with Professor Gil Anidjar: 4/19

Thursday, April 19, 2-4 p.m., St. Augustine Center 300, Join colleagues to discuss a selection from The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy with its author, Gil Anidjar. Professor Anidjar is chair of the Department of Religion as well as professor in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Colombia University. Sponsored by the Villanova Political Theology Project. For the pre-circulating text, email Vincent Lloyd,

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Congratulations to the Villanova Basketball Team!

Political Science professor David Barrett was interviewed by the Inquired after the Villanova basketball win.

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Dr. David Barrett in the New York Times and Newsweek

Specializing in congressional oversight of intelligence, Dr. David M. Barrett, Professor of Political Science at Villanova University, was interviewed in February by the New York Times and Newsweek about the recent controversies concerning the House of Representatives’ Committee on Intelligence.

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Dr. Dixon’s Research on International Norms Published in Perspectives on Politics

Dr. Jennifer Dixon, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University, has recently published her research on international norms and domestic politics in the American Political Science Association’s Perspectives on Politics. Her article, entitled “Rhetorical Adaptation and Resistance to International Norms” explores how norm-violating states draw upon the content of international norms in order to resist charges of norm violation or pressures for norm compliance. Dr. Dixon does this by tracing how government officials in Turkey have, over time, updated aspects of the state’s narrative about the Armenian Genocide in ways that reflect shifts in prevailing international understandings of genocide and in collective expectations about how states should deal with their dark pasts.

Congratulations, Dr. Dixon, on an impressive publication!

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