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Duquesne Scholars in Islam Politics, Disabilities, Papal Doctrine Recognized with Paluse Awards

The fourth annual Fr. Richard V. Paluse Mission-Related Research Awards have been announced by Duquesne University’s Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought.


  • Dr. Mark L. Haas, associate professor, Department of Political Science and Graduate Center for Social and Public PolicyCatholic Strategies of International Conflict Resolution: Will the Rise of Islamo-Liberals Reduce Western-Islamic Hostilities?
  • Dr. Anne Marie Hansen, assistant professor, Department of Occupational TherapyListen to Our Voices: Challenges and Barriers to Participation and Engagement in the Lives of Persons with Disabilities in Zambia
  • Dr. William M. Wright, assistant professor, Department of TheologyEchoes of Apocalyptic in Benedict XVI’s Social Doctrine.

“We thank the members of the committee for their distinguished work, and we congratulate our three awardees,” said the Rev. James P. McCloskey, C.S.Sp., vice president for mission and identity. “We look forward to their presentations at the Paluse Lecture Series this fall and to the future publication of their work.”

Funded from an endowment for the late Fr. Richard V. Paluse, these awards support the center’s mission to foster the study of social issues that are consistent with the ethos of Catholic social thought from various perspectives of academic expertise. Up to four awards are awarded annually. The awardees then present their papers at the center’s annual symposium in the fall semester.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.